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Lo-muna Vanhi

A thinker and traveler.

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a character in “The Great Guild Fortune”, as played by Light_of_the_Fallen

Description

”It’s always good to ask questions. Otherwise, you’ll miss something for sure."

ImageName: Lo-muna Vanhi, though typically referred to as Muna.
Sex: Female
Age: 29
Race: Beast-(wo)man

Physical Description: While small, Lo-muna doesn’t have a delicate look to her. The gentle curves she possesses make her feminine but she still possesses a sturdy frame with wide shoulders that give her a somewhat compact look. Her traits as a beast-man are most noticeable in her wide rabbit ears (same color as her hair) short tail (Normally hidden by the jacket or shirt), and naturally black nails that she keeps at a constant point.
Clothing: Her clothes consist of a form fitting jacket with long sleeves that get wider as they approach the end. The design also includes an upturned collar that hides part of her neck. There are hexagonal, gray panels of material attached, one to each sleeve, with four, smooth bronze colored buttons just above the end of the sleeve. The jacket is mainly dark grey with a lighter gray panel, the same as the panels on the sleeve, making up most of the front and the bottom. Like the sleeves, ten bronze colored buttons also hold this panel. The bottom of the jacket itself is longer in the back than it is in the front, reaching to the back of the knees. It shows many signs of wear and tear with expert stitching holding much of it together.
She also wears an off-white shirt that is a couple sizes too big for her, holey shorts that reach the knees, and an old pair of brown boots.
Height:5’ 3”
Weight: 125 lbs.
Skin Colour: Tanned but lighter on her stomach, feet, around her eyes.
Hair Colour: Fiery red although the hair on her body and face are of a lighter shade.
Eye Colour: Brown

Occupation: Traveler with a bit of experience in tinkering and bartering. Also, part time thief.
History/Bio: Lo-muna comes from a breed of beast-men known as the Nassau that were a result of cross breeding between several different rabbit-men tribes. The particular characteristics that set them apart are their fiery red hair and evenness in skin color. In order to keep these characteristics, measures were taken to ensure the purity of the bloodline and consistency so their numbers were relatively low. These characteristics, however, led them to be one of the most respected and influential tribes in their area, orange becoming a sacred color, until they were invaded by a neighboring kingdom of dog type beast-men. While the kingdom focused on destroying orange and any ties with the sacred color, the Nassau were able to escape their grasp by the help of other tribes. Many did not survive the journey unfortunately because of their inability to hunt, having lost their ways due to the pampering of their bloodline.
Eventually, the few that remained, found help from a tribe of bird-men outside of the war area. The Nassau recovered and focused on the continuity of their line. Some of the remaining Nassau even left the tribal lifestyle to seek other countries and lands in hopes of resuscitating the line. Their numbers grew and it is no longer rare to see a member of the Nassau bloodline, although they are still not common.
This growing contact with the outside world is what eventually led Lo-muna to leave her own family in the search for adventure and knowledge. A member of another rabbit-men breed befriended her and told her tales of the outside world. Driven by the wonder, Lo-muna agreed to accompany him on his travels, the older rabbit teaching her much of what he knew. A tragic accident split the two apart however and drove Lo-muna into a desperate situation. Instead of retreating to her home however, she continued her travels and continues to get into new adventures because of her inquisitive nature.
Home Town: Thrianta
Home Country: Empire of Sudea

Personality: Lo-muna has a gentle disposition with an inquisitive nature.
Fears and Desires: Fears include losing someone dear to her, absolute darkness, and being tied down. Her desires are knowledge of everything, everyone, and to leave something behind that will be useful to others once she is gone.

Equipment and Weapons: Relying more on her own innate abilities, Lo-muna wears very little equipment despite the danger she constantly encounters. A small pouch she carries holds everyday items like a sewing kit. As for weapons, Lo-muna carries a rapier since it is easily hidden, light, and was a gift from her departed friend.
Styles and Abilities: Lo-muna’s style consists of using what’s available to her, only using the rapier if necessary. If she is able to use a stronger weapon, even if it’s a rock, or using the environment to hide, these options are usually what she’ll use first before engaging in direct combat. If it’s one-on-one, Lo-muna will use the rapier for defense until she sees a decisive opening. When confronted with multiple enemies she will go on the offensive and aim for weak points while doing her best to keep out of the enemies’ grasp.
Chi and Augmentations: Lo-muna has been taught to use her chi to pick up her speed and jump higher than normal.

So begins...

Lo-muna Vanhi's Story

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Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi

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They flocked to her, children with their tiny hands, being careful to grab the item without being pricked by her nails. She frowned and made a mental note to clip them once she had made her quota for the night. For now however, she had customers and the amazement in their eyes made her smile and regret not having made more. Lo-muna should have learned by now that her wares were popular but she knew that the less she sold, the better it was for her. Not only price wise, but detection wise as well.

The children would light up the tips of the petals, eyes widening as the wheel began to spin. Bright colors shooed off the darkness and spun a circle before them, the children clutching the stick that held the wheel and petals with a tight grip, as though afraid their amusement would fly away. In the middle of the circle were vague designs that worked only with a child's imagination. Lo-muna herself could not make out the fantastical things they saw, but then again she had already begun walking away.

She loved it all, the sounds, the people, the bright lights that could be seen from miles away. The movement was her favorite part of festivals. The jostle and bustle of the crowd who were just as impatient as she was to be on the move, only pausing once something had caught their eye. Lo-muna herself was attracted by the variety of wares the vendors offered and nearly stopped at every stall on her way to inquire about the items. Many of them seemed impatient and she didn't stay long with them, knowing they had customers and had no time to deal with a person not interested in handing over coins. A few indulged her inquiries but she didn't stay long with them either. Their interest turned to her and Lo-muna had no intention of getting in trouble tonight.

Merging back into the crowd, Lo-muna patted her bag and kept it close to her body. She could see where the darkness began, eventually leading to the gates, but had no intention of leaving the warmth behind. The business part of her night was over and now she would run the length of the festival again, recalling what stalls she had planned to return to. People passed her and crowded her but Lo-muna didn't mind. The flow of the crowd was soothing and it wasn't like most people were paying her any mind. In fact, she observed others as she walked with them and couldn't help but smile or laugh at how others interacted. She was particularly interested in those she perceived as siblings who fought or comforted each other when they had lost their chance at a prize. Maybe a coin would slip from her bag as she passed by but she didn't linger to see where it had gone. A beast-man like her only had so much liberty on a night like this.

Of course, she wasn't such a rare sight as what made Lo-muna pause before apologizing profusely to the female who ran into her. The scathing look she received made her smile nervously before weaving herself back into the tapestry of races who walked the grounds of the festival. A tall, massive figure had caught Lo-muna's attention. Poyo was a nice place but it didn't exactly welcome such strange sights as the mixed breed she had seen. Questions were already racing through her mind as to the origin and reaction to the figure and her contemplation had nearly taken her past the first stall on her list. The transaction took longer than needed, the vendor giving her some trouble. Lo-muna was able to smooth things over and thanked the vendor even as he waved his hand in dismissal.

There were still plenty of coins in her bag but she was far too interested in the figure of before to continue buying. Not even bartering appealed to her seeing as the only thing the others could offer her were the very same things the festival offered. She had enough trinkets from the children who had no money for her items. The problem was the figure had already gone, swallowed up by the crowds, leaving Lo-muna with even more burning questions.

"Time to call it a night," she reluctantly admitted, her enthusiasm somewhat diminished by the thought. Still, she began to make her way out of the festival and towards the town.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi

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Malao


The Festivities were well into their stride. Fireworks were set off every couple of minutes, and the general chorus of laughing and singing could be heard even deep into the forest. Though, for some odd reason, the forest, which was usually filled with the chatter of it's inhabitants, was oddly silent on this night. For on this night, the Golden Monkeys of the Great Houzi Forest were absent from their lofty canopies. Instead they were in a different kind of forest. One made of dense moving people and quick moving carts. Yes, dozens of Golden monkeys moved relatively unseen or ignored through the great crowds of Poyo this evening.

As per usual, the Golden Monkeys were helping themselves to every thing they liked. They distracted food sellers while their friends stole from their carts. They weaved through the thick crowds, nicking purses and valuables with ease. Some even pretended to be injured to distract people as their comrades stole the lot right from under the poor villagers noses. Some monkeys even went after some people no pick pocket in their right mind would.

A Golden Monkey leaped down from a tree onto the rump of a galloping horse just coming into town. The gilded armor of the rider attracted the Monkey's eye. When the rider slowed down and entered the village, he climbed up onto the riders back and began lightly tapping and scratching at the armor. He even looked at the rider a few times, as if to convey to him that he wanted his armor. As he was begging and looking cute, his long tail made it's way down to his coin purse and gently lifted it from his waist. The second he got the purse off the waist, the monkey leaped off of his shoulders and began running through the crowd.

A couple of monkeys spotted a very tall man wading his way through the crowds. Two monkeys leaped in front of his path and began walking backwards just staring at him. Every time he made even the smallest gesture, the two monkeys would mimic it, even if he growled or yelled, the monkeys wouldn't be intimidated, they just kept copying him. As this was going on, one monkey had snuck up from behind and had ever so skilfully nicked his coin purse off of his belt, like it had done a million times. It then leaped up onto one of the near by buildings, screeching a mocking screech, coin purse in hand. It then took off over roof tops.

Even the Giantess was not safe from the Monkeys. As she walked along, she would definitely begin to notice several monkeys gathering around the roof tops, seeming to be following her. One approached her from the top of a lantern wire and screeched at her to get her attention. It then held out what looked like a sapphire. It waved it at her and seemed to try and hand it to her. But, it wouldn't let it go. As this was happening, several monkeys tried and grabbed her coin purse. But, many of them were too scared to get that close to her. One leaped at it,but got scared halfway through and ended up clawing at it, ripping a hole through it causing several of her coins to go clanging to the ground. Several of the monkeys panicked and fled in different directions.

As the Rabbit girl was making her out, a monkey fell in her path. It groaned with pain and even had tears in it's eyes. When she got near it, a monkey sneaked up from behind and lifted her purse. The moment this was done, both monkeys ran and leaped to the trees.

One lone monkey nicked a peach off of a child and scurried to a roof top, there a young man sat and looked out over the festival. He wore a red monkey mask. It was in fact, a Monkey King mask he had gotten at one of the stalls that were selling items. The monkey got back to the boy and plopped the peach into his hand. The boy tussled the monkeys fur then lifted his mask to reveal incredibly sharp teeth. He bit into the peach and his body shivered a bit. He munched on it for awhile, listening to a story told in the distance a big blue Oni. He snickered when the rain came down for a few moments. It was pretty funny. Malao decided he wanted to go talk to him. It was easy for him to blend in with the crowd a events like this, with a simple mask. Though, if anyone ever looked at his feet, they might get suspicious. But, no one looks at feet in a crowd.

A golden monkey dropped down from seemingly nowhere right onto the big Oni's shoulders. It picked some things from his hair for few moments, until a young man in a monkey mask approached him. He also seemed to have a large monkey like tail sticking out from the back of his trousers. The tail seemed stiff and in an odd position. Obviously fake.(Locked with Stone Monkey)

"Hey, Grandpa Rumble." He said, sounding more affectionate than anything. "Know any good tales or stories 'bout the Monkey King?" He said, pointing to a colorful poster of The Monkey King. The boy then held his palm out and a coin purse suddenly dropped into it. it looked rather full. "Ive got coin."

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Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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"I believe we have found your thief," the vendor whispered and Lo-muna shifted her gaze to where the crowd was grinding to a halt. Her ears twitched and directed themselves to the words spoken, monkeys following a beast-man. Feeling exposed, she quietly thanked the vendor and made her way through the curious crowd.

Her coin purse had been stolen and once she had confirmed the missing weight, she had inquired with one of the friendlier vendors of before. The vendor had admitted to seeing something but didn't offer much help in face of Lo-muna's persistent questions. Even when offered the missing coins themselves, the vendor could offer nothing more than a vague direction. Lo-muna wasn't upset about the coins however. It was the last spool of grey thread which had her so worried. The reason she had secured it in the coin purse was to remind her to purchase more and now, she had neither.

It was definitely them from what she saw of their retreating behinds but that wasn't what commanded Lo-muna's interest. It was the blood, the attractive young human, and the mixed breed of before. Already the rabbit beast-man was burning with questions and piecing together the scene. She cautiously approached, legs ready to bolt in case she stepped too far. The girl was already leaving and while Lo-muna wanted to stop her, her focus was on the large being before her.

"I don't suppose that was really necessary, was it?" Lo-muna asked gently to the giant before her. "I don't think you were the only victim after all."

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Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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'Stranger' was a term not nearly sufficient to describe the peculiarity of this individual.

"Shame," she murmured quietly, as though remarking upon the transience of life or the fleeting nature of happiness or some profoundly poetic shit like that. "Me neither." And thusly, she turned her scrutinous eye elsewhere: eyebrow raised slightly, Amanhã followed her gaze with her own hard glare, and her eyes fell upon the spot onto which she'd cast the carcass of the irritating ape. Some beast-folk-- she assumed as much, judging by the tail much akin to that of a monkey trailing between their legs-- with their back to her was kneeling down beside the dead cretin, lifting it into their arms, wrapping the thing in some sort of clothe, like a parent cradling the corpse of their slain child.

Amanhã didn't bother to continue watching the beast-folk carry around their dead little thief, and she gave no further thought to it as she turned away. The stranger seemed somehow more preoccupied by it all, following the beast-folk as they departed with her silent gaze. And then, for whatever reason Amanhã could not possibly speculate at-- she didn't make much of a habit of sparing much consideration to others in general, much less the motives behind their often baffling actions-- she closed her eyes briefly, standing without so much as a hint of movement or sound emerging from her slender form.

... well, this is odd. Amanhã frowned, vexed at having ended up in a social situation even odder than usual-- generally, they consisted of somebody being a degenerate, followed by Amanhã making it very physically clear the degenerate was irritating her. She was anything but clear on how one was supposed to interact with a queer human who appeared to be as prone to suspicious bouts of helpfulness as she was to spontaneous meditation.

Well, Amanhã wasn't about to hang around watching the stranger meditate if that was even what she was doing, so she resolved to turn and be on her way, presumably looking like an absolute moron clutching coins in her hand like a child, but it seemed just about that moment that the stranger saw fit to return to reality and open her eyes. And then, because apparently she'd yet to fulfil her 'completely baffle a half-Ashura' quota for the day, she reached down, pulled a pouch from her belt, emptied the coins into her pocket, and tossed it to Amanhã, who caught it and stared at it. "You'll look ridiculous walking around with a handful of coins," was all the stranger offered up by way of explanation, before she turned and vanished into the crowds.

... whelp.

Amanhã inspected the pouch, attempting in vain to find some reasonable explanation as to why someone would just toss an absolute stranger their coin pouch at no immediately obvious recompense, but it seemed to her to be a perfectly ordinary pouch. Wasn't even shittily made. That explanation really only made it all the more perplexing, though.

Then again, for what it was worth, Amanhã was almost certainly never going to have to see that stranger again anyway, so what the hell. She shoved the coins into the pouch, clasped it to her belt where the previous one, now lying destitute upon the ground, had been, and once again made to depart.

This time, yet another person was in her way, except that this person was neither a monkey nor a peculiar human. Now? Now it was some kind of rabbit-bred beast-folk, watching Amanhã from some distance away. Her brow furrowed, and a scowl pulled once again at her lips. What was it with today and random encounters with people who had no significance to Amanhã (which, granted, was anybody outside a small group consisting either of bounties, people paying for bounties, and prospective employers, but that aside)?

"I don't suppose that was really necessary, was it? I don't think you were the only victim, after all..."

Amanhã had pushed back the faceplate of her helmet to once again obscure her features when the beast-folk began speaking, but she was not interested in a prolonged conversation. She trudged forward, and when she reached the beast-folk, she shoved her to the side with one hand, walking past her vehemently.

She was all kinds of done with Poyo.

((I'm pretty sure Lo-Muna would just step out of the way when she figures, probably pretty quickly, Amanhã ain't too affable, but I didn't wanna god-mod, so I just wrote with the template of Lo-Muna just standing there. Feel free, of course, to just have her side step or move out of the way. Probably wouldn't change what Amanhã did otherwise, unless Lo-Muna called her a racist half-breed slur or whatever. But that doesn't seem very... Lo-Muna-esque to me. :v))

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Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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(( Lol it isn't her style to insult others so thank you for the consideration. :D))

A rush of wind past her, Lo-muna having safely evaded the mixed breed's hand from a possible and painful knock into the stalls nearby. There was movement out of the corner of her eye. With the main attraction leaving, so did the bystanders who wouldn't care for a rabbit beast-man, at least not tonight. There was entertainment elsewhere after all.

Lo-muna's diversions had all left however and she made her way toward the edge of the crowd, still plagued by curiosity. Of course the mixed breed would be strong, judging by the possible origins going into her, but she was still trying to decide if the temperament was part of the breeding or the giant herself. The human only seemed interesting but Lo-muna paid minimal interest before deciding to move onto the monkey beast-man. Despite being an obvious thief, his show of sentimentality was both touching and mesmerizing. He hadn't even bothered with retaliation of any sort, even a glare from what she had heard. Such a mature reaction was rare from a male of his apparent age.

To go after all three would be time consuming and impossible. She could only go after one and if she did, the other two would probably be lost options. To forego all three, considering her safety was probably being risked with two of them, seemed like the reasonable choice. And so, finding a secluded spot within two stalls, she bolted from the festival by jumping into the air. She needed some time to think and the best way to do so would be in the forest, not aware of the group that had already begun forming outside of the festivities...

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-13 05:36:12, as written by Nulix
Seeing Hyuna reveal a spear the Prefect charged forward, attempting to ram in Yamato's face, who expertly moved back. Ro swung his sword furiously, preparing to take a swipe. But he paused as the sound of a bell echoed across the rooftops from the village wall. Ro lowered his blade and looked at the criminals before him as suddenly citizens rushed down the street, pushing past them. "It's the village bell," He informed, sheathing his blade. "There's trouble out there."

"Quickly!" A voice called through the crowd. Ro turned to see the town crier yelling out over the citizens. "A state of emergency has been issued! Quickly! Everyone to the town centre!" He announced. Ro turned to the trio he was fighting and nodded forward. "Alright: to the town centre."

***

At the street Suiken was performing the bell could be heard loud and clear, the city exit in plain sight. Citizens were running in from outside as fast as possible. "Oh god," One cried as they passed. "I knew this holiday was cursed!"

A guard ran up to Suiken and Keeflo, breathing heavily. "Quickly! Poyo is in a state of emergency: everyone to the town square!" He glanced back at the distant walls. "You want to be as far from that as possible, friends. Trust me." With that he too ran off with the crowd of citizens toward the centre of town.

***

As Amanhã approached the east gate to the village the bell began to ring from the walls above and the guards on it began to run frantically. Something was wrong. "Hey!" One called out as he slid down a later. "Something's happening... I, I think we're under attack." He looked her up and down for a moment and nodded. "You've got to get to the village centre. We could use your help... and the Mayor will pay anyone who helps." The guard nodded at her and began to run with the rest of the populace, hoping she'd follow.

***

The bells were faintest on the village outskirts: farmlands outside the wall but inside the Poyo's radius. And through the fields sparse families too ran. A single boy pelted down the dirt road toward the walls, ramming violently into Ann'Razul as he did. He stood and backed up slowly, looking from her to Malao. "You guys shouldn't be here!" He exclaimed, his voice trembling. "We have to go to town square!" The boy grabbed both their hands greedily and attempted to drag them. "We have to! It's emergency!" He explained.

***

Yuwen strolled through the streets calmly as the people ran toward the town square in the distance, filled to the brim with the citizens and visitors to the port village. A small smirk grew on his face: both because he knew how badass he looked walking calmly in the chaos, and two... because he caused this. "Rabbit ears!" He called to a confused looking Muna, who was caught off guard by the sudden panic. "Get your fur to the square, the Mayor's got something to say."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi

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"Hm?" Lo-muna looked over in the direction of the voice and saw the young human who had referred to her as 'rabbit ears.' It wasn't exactly a derogatory remark and it was a fact she had the ears of a rabbit. Still, the kid could have at least called her name or simply, 'rabbit.' However, she simply smiled and nodded, "Thanks, kid."

She was gone within moments, interested in the fuss and chaos surrounding her. It was exhilarating really and she kept an eye out in case any of the panicked people unintentionally ran over someone who had not gone their pace.

"I wonder what the mayor has to say," she muttered as she reached the square, knowing she wouldn't get any straight answers unless it was from the source itself.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-13 07:36:41, as written by Nulix
From the wooden stage built in front of the tall town-hall tower Mayor Loy-Qui watched over as the square before him stood scared, packed to it's fullest with over a thousand citizens and travelers summoned by the bells, the last ones now arriving at the edges of the crowd. The town had gone into a deadly silence, the bright lanterns that swung in the winds no longer as festive as they had seemed an hour earlier. Overwhelming all was the bells ringing from each of the village's five gates, them going in near perfect unison. The elderly, balding Yutan man glanced down at the report he held in his hands. After a moment he stepped forward, his colourful purple robes the only thing clear from the farthest back of the crowd.

"The town of Poyo is under attack," He announced loudly. "At the twentieth hour... I received a report from the farthest northern outpost, saying an army of Bandits was approaching... at least three-hundred." Gasps of shock and cries could be heard across the crowd.

"We have tried to make contact with the outpost but none of the guards or messenger sent have returned, forcing us to declare this state of emergency," Loy-Qui continued. "The town of Poyo has thirty-seven guards, as well as the thirty of Prefect Ro's unit… and the bandits have three-hundred men. I am forced to ask upon you, citizens of ability, citizens of our great Yune Empire, to step forward and defend our village against this threat! For what we have not in numbers... we have in gold: three-hundred gold coins to each man or woman of any race who steps forward to fight with us! Three-hundred for each bandit who threatens our home on this holiest of holidays... "

A silence went over the crowd as the numbers sank in, despair on the tongues of the people, most whispering where to hide or how to escape the town. Loy-Qui swallowed once more. "Would all willing step forward... and all unwilling or unable step back and find shelter and hiding."

"Wait!" A voice called out as the crowd started shifting. All eyes turned to one figure as he pushed past the guards and lept onto the stage. He stood tall with olive skin, striking green eyes, a determined face and glimmering golden armour: a heroic site next to the cowering Loy-Qui, now almost in tears. "I have information!" The man declared as he stepped forward dramatically on the stage. "I know! I KNOW! Where the bandits will arrive!" The human, Yuwen Fortune, announced loudly over the crowd. "I just escaped them... and I heard plans that they'd set up camp at the Renen Swamp outside the north-gate to prepare their attack! Here I will ambush them, and destroy them! I have done so before, and I will do it again!" He paused dramatically. "But only the most heroic of warriors may join me - the rest staying here with the Prefects and the guards." He looked over the crowd as he raised his fingers and pointed to the sky. "So I ask you! Who among you is warrior enough to join me, Yuwen Fortune!" He called, his voice echoing for a moment as it traveled across the square. Yuwen paused and watched, waiting for the willing to step forward and the rest, which he predicated to be around ninety-nine percent of the current crowd, to step back.

Prefect Ro glared at the man angrily from the crowd. "Gods damn you, Yuwen," He whispered, shaking his head as the truth of the scenario sunk in. Fortune had done this before, not too long ago... and Ro wouldn't let it happen again.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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"Well, if it isn't the kid," Lo-muna muttered under her breath with some amusement. She listened to his call for heroes and mused over his words as her eyes swept over the crowd. On her head, her ears twitched in the direction of whispers and whimpers, recognizing a few of before. Some were children.

A voice rose among the crowd and it was a familiar one. The human of before. Lo-muna smiled for the gods had surely graced her with their presence tonight. The challenge set to Yuwen was answered and while the rabbit beast-women wasn't entirely convinced of the plan, she was certainly not going to stand on the side lines.

"You will need to be quick about it then," Lo-muna called out as the crowd parted for her. They gave her looks and whispers but her eyes were set upon the stage, both on the figure on it and the figure leaning on it. "For the safety of others, I will aid in this endeavour. There are very few who can outrun me after all."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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A beast-woman - a rabbit beast-woman - was next to approach the stage and speak her mind, proclaiming that she would lend her assistance to the effort. She wondered for just a moment if they might have been sharing the same sentiment but was quickly proven untrue after hearing what she had to say.

"You will need to be quick about it then. For the safety of others, I will aid in this endeavour. There are very few who can outrun me, after all."

For the safety of others? It was a rare sight to see someone upholding such virtues even in this day and age. The good people of this world were already dead, Ann had told herself at one point. To her, kindness was nothing but an illusion, but it was one that she wouldn't mind lingering around for just a little while longer.

"It's easy to make a plan sound good on paper," she finally replied, answering Yuwen's question with a tone that suggested but did not full-on imply skepticism. "However, I will not deny that the idea does not seem too far-fetched given that capable hands will be engaged in this attack. I'm willing to give it a shot."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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#2013-09-13 14:27:25, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


As Yamato took flight, heading towards the Town Center, Hyuna followed, using her chi to glide from rooftop to rooftop, relishing the feeling of the wind on her face as her cloak billowed out behind her. Even without her illusions, it was an impressive look, and she was always just a step behind her Master as they decided to see what this new threat was. And they finally reached their destination in seemingly no time at all, seeing almost the entire populace of Poyo gathered in one area- it almost looked like a cult, with the Mayor, Loy-Qui at the head, warning everyone of a bandit attack.

"Bandits?" Hyuna muttered. "Yamato, let's fight them. We'll see who gets the most kills, hmm?" She took an aside glance at the older man, almost pitifully. He probably didn't know how to fight at all. "Old man, you should just go find someplace to hide."

Loy-Qui was desperate, almost begging his towns people to step forward and help. And this was a good opportunity- if Hyuna and Yamato helped fight, wouldn't Ro, out of debt, be forced to leave them alone after that? Not to mention, it would satisfy both their battle urges. It really was a win-win situation here. Not to mention the gold reward for fighting, and Hyuna almost gleamed with interest.

"Master, please, can we help?"

But before they could step up, a familiar voice and face pushed onto the stage, screaming that he had information; that he knew where the bandits would arrive. And Hyuna jut stared in shock- after all this searching, the man just popped up in front of her, almost with no effort at all. She struggled to hold in her tears as a wave of nostalgia hit her harder than a blunt axe, and then she nudged her Master, telling him that it's him, it's Yuwen, she finally found him. So she almost dragged her Master into the conflict, when she heard Prefect Ro mutter angrily something about not letting Yuwen do this again. Her ears pricked up, making sure to tell her old friend that Ro may be planning something, just in case. A bounty hunter, and a rabbit beast-man already stood by Yuwen's side, exchanging a few words together, when she saw that not-quite-beastman from before walk up as well, almost asking to be bribed into it when the crowd erupted.

So, that guy was the Monkey King?

"Hey!" Hyuna hissed at the crowd. "Would you rather die because you wouldn't accept more help?"

She spun her spear around her wrist fantastically before pointing it at a poor merchant man, one of the ones who yelled against the Monkey King. He cowered in fear, and she could see the guards getting ready in case she started to kill the villagers.

"Don't turn away help, you fools. You're not in a position to do that, here." She let out an arrogant, self-pleased laugh. "You should be begging me to help you, too! I'd think I'm worth maybe, thirty or forty bandits on my own, so... I hope you pay me 12300 gold after all this. Unless you want me to leave you for dead." She jabbed the spear just a hair's breadth away from the merchant's throat, getting her point across. "Do you understand your position yet?"

She then turned to Yuwen, wondering if he also forgot her.

"Been a while, Fortune. If that's what you're callin' yourself now." She shot him a crooked smirk, still letting the air billow her cloak up to look larger and more impressive. "What're you even doing in a dump like Poyo, anyways?"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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"..." Suiken sighed. This, all of this, was a peculiar situation. Bandits are a common of enough problem among the poorer villages in Yune to make Yuwen's story slightly valid...although something was off about it. It had...a storyteller's quality to it, Suiken supposed. But now he was asking people to join him...Some seemed to try and volunteer, although not many. A rabbit beast-man, the odd monkey beast-man from before, the woman that picked a fight with the tengu and another one he didn't recognize. Perhaps they were formidable enough, if not a curious group. But if the bandits were as dangerous as people seemed to think, then they wouldn't be enough.

"I hope...you do not mind if join as well," Suiken spoke up, stepping to the not-quite-group. "I may be a traveling musician...but I can fight just fine."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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Yamato was surprised to see so many of the people he'd already seen this evening volunteering to help eradicate the bandits. He was glad to be in the presence of so many selfless warriors. He wondered how many could actually kill another living being without a single thought though. He would help, he wasn't above a good fight, but he wasn't doing it for the gold or the glory or even the possible, if not expected, pardon from the Prefect. No, he would do it for the fun. Bandits were never trained well, they depended on scare tactics and torches to get what they wanted. Anyone could brandish a sword in the air and hold it to someone's neck while their friends searched the house, torching it afterwards. It would be child's play.

"Hyuna, I think keeping score is an excellent idea. Should you kill more than me, you can have all my reward money. I don't need payment for a job like this." he smiled coldly as he too jumped from the roof top to land behind Hyuna as she called out the villagers for protesting against the help that was arriving. Once her point was made, she turned her attention to the young man on stage that had given them the call to arms. "This must be the Yuwen she asked about before." He thought as he stood silently behind her, trying to gage the man's reaction to seeing an old acquaintance. She seemed to have quite a few enemies, and that excited Yamato, more people to fight everyday. It had been a while since he had a good fight and he was itching at all the possibilities that came attached to Hyuna.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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After the oni told his story Keeflo clapped his hands, showing his appreciation. Any fortune seeker who had heard the story had probably entertained hopes at one point or another that they could find Eoling's treasure. Keeflo, coming from a place where there no one owned anything, was not quite as allured as a land native would be, but he still like a good story. Someone had risen up against an Emperor before, and successfully at that. Seemed to be a bit odd of a story to be told on the current Emperor's birthday, but then again the oni likely wasn't a native of this country, so he wouldn't hold featly to the Emperor.

Almost as soon as the oni was finished with his story loud bells tolled. A guard rushed passed the storyteller and his audience, telling them to go to the center of the city. The oni packed up and followed the orders. Keeflo, however, was not as quick to react. Maybe in this new distraction he could slip free of Poyo and its wanted posters. He shook his head. No. Now more than ever it would look strange if he left.

The orca beast-man made his way to the town center, where the mayor was giving a speech about attacking bandits. The guy was really emotional about it, even asking for volunteers to help against the bandits. What caught Keeflo's attention was that there was a monetary gain if he participated. Maybe enough to buy his freedom and not have to worry about being recaptured.

Then a young human man in golden armor sprang up to the stage, declaring that he would take out the bandits with only a choice group of the bravest volunteers. One by one people agreed to help: a rabbit beast-man, a black-haired human girl, a beast-man who looked more human than beast, another girl, this one dragging a tengu along, and the oni storyteller from before.

Keeflo considered his options. If he didn't participate, he might have less of a chance of being recognized. Might. But if he joined the fighters he could get money and be a hero. People were less likely to prosecute heroes, right? Making his decision, Keeflo made his way to the stage. "If you still need more help, sir, I would be happy to volunteer."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-13 20:12:21, as written by Nulix
"What say you?!" Yuwen had called out, not only to the girl who had challenged him but to at the crowd. And though first met by silence and greeted only by frightened faces, a voice spoke up.

"You will need to be quick about it then," A female voice said. Yuwen squinted as the crowd parted for the woman to step forward: the rabbit beast-man from earlier. Whispers of concern and of uncertainty swept across the square as she joined the girl at the base of the stage. "For the safety of others, I will aid in this endeavour. There are very few who can outrun me after all."

"Then I will need your speed," Yuwen replied, giving the beast-woman an affirmative nod. He remembered her from earlier: he'd called her beast-ears. She was not that now, not in his eyes.

"It's easy to make a plan sound good on paper," The girl from before commented again. She was doubtful, and with the numbers they thought to face with good reason. But beyond the doubt there was agreement. "However, I will not deny that the idea does not seem too far-fetched given that capable hands will be engaged in this attack. I'm willing to give it a shot."

"Then I will need your... capabilities," Yuwen added to the human-girl with a half smile - one that was more gratefully than anything. Gratefully she'd joined when the hour was most dire.

Suddenly a figure leapt from the crowd, flinging through the ear until he landed on the podium, tail firmly landing as supporting the form of a very human looking beast-man before him. "Tch, you're so LOUD!" The beast-man exclaimed, causing Yuwen to raise an eyebrow in amusement. "But, fire powder does sound like fun. I suppose if ya bribe me something sweet, me and my monkeys could help ya! Whaddya say?"

"The Mayor would be happy to help, wouldn't you Loy-Qui?" Yuwen responded, patting the terrified mayor on the back, nearly causing him to jump. "Yes-Yes!" Loy-Qui spat out. "Three-hundred gold! Three-thousand gold, whatever!"

Yuwen glanced from the Mayor back to the man. "Then I will need your monkeys," He said with a warm laugh.

"GET OUT OF HERE, SCUM!" A voice screamed from the crowd as the man before him ducked an incoming rock. Yuwen turned in shock to see the crowd begin to form an upset. "WE DON'T NEED HELP FROM THE MONKEY KINGS!" "Yeah! Fuck the monkeys!" Another voice added loudly as the crowd began to form in an angry, frightened mass of yelling.

"Hey!" A woman yelled out at the crowd. Stepped forward was a young girl, the people separating around here. "Would you rather die because you wouldn't accept more help?" After spinning it for a moment she aimed her spear at one of the merchants who had yelled out against the man who now stood beside Yuwen on stage.

"Don't turn away help, you fools. You're not in a position to do that, here." She said with a disbelieving laugh. "You should be begging me to help you, too! I'd think I'm worth maybe, thirty or forty bandits on my own, so... I hope you pay me 12300 gold after all this. Unless you want me to leave you for dead." She stabbed the spear frighteningly close to the merchant's throat. "Do you understand your position yet?" She dictated to the crowd, before turning to the stage.

"Then I will need your good worth," Yuwen continued as he adjusted his armour, a bit taken aback by the violent display.

"Been a while, Fortune. If that's what you're callin' yourself now." She called. "What're you even doing in a dump like Poyo, anyways?"

Yuwen paused, squinting to make the girl out better. "I'm sorry... do I know-"

"I hope... you do not mind if join as well," Another voice spoke up. Yuwen turned from the girl to an old Snow Oni stepping forward to join the gathering at the base of the stage. "I may be a traveling musician... but I can fight just fine."

"Then I will need your spirit," Yuwen nodded with a grateful smile to the creature before him. He glanced back at the girl, now joined by a Tengu. "If you still need more help, sir, I would be happy to volunteer," Another voice added. Yuwen turned to see a large beast-man approach, seeming to be mixed with a massive whale or fish of some sort. But despite this he had an innocent look to his face. "Then I will need you too," He said at last. He looked down at the group assembled before him. "I will need all the help I can get," He admitted.

Yuwen stood rose high, his gaze sweeping from the makeshift ambush team to the citizens behind them: heads becoming a blur as they lined into the distant streets. Almost every citizen of Poyo was here, as well as the visitors for the festival. The lantern light reflected off their faces, marked with fear. It reflected the mothers, and the children who clutched hands tearfully. It reflected off the guards: most of them barely seeing any combat at all. In reflected off the Mayor, the leader of this town, who had backed to the farthest edge of the stage.

"Poyo is not built for war..." Yuwen began quietly. "Your community is one of peace and happiness and these bandits have threatened that. And they've ruined Emperor day!" He clutched the hilt of his blades angrily. "And I swear to you! I swear: we will defeat them!"

"Wait!" A voice called. The crowd turned to see a man step up on the stage: Prefect Ro, weapon ready as he glared at Yuwen. "Ladies and gentlemen this man is a fraud!" Ro explained, his words met by gasps in the audience. Ro marched forward, pushing Yuwen back slightly before taking his place at the centre of the stage. "This man has lied and has ruined this festival for his own greedy needs." Ro ripped the report out of Mayor Loy-Qui's hands and raised it high. "This is a fabricated report!" Ro announced. "One of my men just got back from the north-outpost. It's fine; the guard there was tied up by some thugs who wrote it in his place. We scouted the marsh, we scouted the fields - there is no threat!" He threw the paper into the crowd that had grown more and more enraged. The report landed to grabbing hands. Ro turned to Yuwen shaking his head. "You lied."

"Can you prove that?" Yuwen whispered in response, his hand also on the hilt of his blades as the two slowly began to circle each other.

"Yes I can," Ro spat. “My scouts saw nothing, you selfish man.”

"Maybe the bandits moved position!" Yuwen called, more to the audience and the soldiers he'd managed to recruit than to Ro. "Maybe they're attack the village!" Suddenly Yuwen heard iron footsteps on the wood of the stage. Large, armoured soldiers of the Prefecture were approaching, weapons ready. Yuwen turned from the soldiers down to the faces of those he hired, and the citizens beyond. Disgust, anger, and annoyance were the only expressions to be found.

"I didn't lie," He called out as the guards grabbed his arms. "Poyo isn't safe."

"Please," Ro chuckled, stepping forward to the front of the stage. "I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt: Poyo is in no danger!"

Suddenly a massive explosion rocked the stage, blasting everyone on it forward. A fiery piece of wood flung through Mayor Loy-Qui's back, impaling him to the stage as the crowd erupted in screams. Yuwen smashed into the cobblestone ground of the square, flaming pieces of wood zipping past him as deafening bangs roared from behind. He turned to see the town tower blowing apart, engulfed in a massive-fire ball expanding from within. "Oh shit!" He yelled, backing up slightly as the explosion blasted each layer of the hall apart, sending chunks and pieces scattering across town. A gargantuan piece of stone smashed apart the ground beside him as he limped forward toward a house.

"Formation!" Ro screamed in agony as he ripped his arm out from the large town emblem that had once decorated the tower, now a burning mass of molten metal which had crashed down upon the ruined stage. "Unit!" He screamed desperately through the fire and ash, searching for his men. A figure approached. "...Unit?" He whispered. Wings expanded from the shadowy figure's form, and Ro raised his blade in horror. This was no soldier. He stabbed forward, a Tengu hand reaching out and grabbing the blade from him. The unarmed Ro dived as the Tengu proceeded to attack, flying out of the smoke and into the panicked square. "Oh gods, not good!" Yuwen called as he pointed to the sky above. Descending from the mountain of smoke where the town tower once stood were nearly four dozen winged men, their red skin clear and their black robes fluttering violently in the winds. They wore opera masks, each one different, though even with concealed faces their race was clear.

"Tengu," Yuwen said as he turned from the approaching threat to the panicked citizens running for cover. "Someone has to help them! They won't get out on their!-" Before he had time to finish he was grabbed by the throat and smashed back into the cobblestone by a Tengu as he and the other masked figures landed in the square…

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-13 20:54:12, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


Yamato joined their little rag-tag group as well, looking ready for a fight, and Hyuna flashed him a grin; the light of competition ready in her eyes. Another known face arrived too- the singing oni from earlier, almost shyly asking if he could join and help fight. If it were anyone else, Hyuna would think it was for the money, but from the scant little she saw of the singing oni, he wasn`t the type to do something like this only for money. Too kindhearted for that, she figured. And finally, another beastman, the third one tonight, some sort of mutated cross of human and whale. Or shark, maybe. Hyuna figured it didn`t matter, but none of the fighters better get in her way; she has a bet to win.

In any case, their rag-tag little army seemed complete, each of them at ease enough for Hyuna to figure them all to be experienced in battle. She clenched her teeth in anticipation, before realizing that Yuwen didn`t recognize her at all. He had squinted a little at her, but that was all.

What the hell, do I really look all that different?

Just in case she had any illusions around her face, she dispersed it all. But it didn't seem like it'd help. In any case, it didn't seem as if Yuwen was all too worried about his old friend, even though they spent so much time together, and were meant to be even closer once Hyuna had enough money to move on her own into Yuna-Yae. After her home town was taken, did he not even care that his friend could've been dead, or even captured? The worst part is, it's exactly what she should have expected. As children, they always played around as adventurers, and it almost seemed as if he paid her no heed unless she supported him correctly as his side-kick. Heck, he seemed more preoccupied with the theatrics and dramatics of their make-believe games, than anything.

After all of this, he doesn't even recognize me. What've I even been fighting for?

It came to no surprise then, when Ro appeared, tearing away the report from the cowardly Mayor, and claiming that this whole thing was a farce set up for Yuwen to bask in the glory. Because, in hind sight, it's exactly the sort of thing he would have done. Frustrated and feeling more alone than ever, Hyuna glanced at Yamato; probably the only one to show her kindness since she returned to Yutan province.

"Kuh, whatever." She scowled angrily. "I don't feel like it anymore. Let's let them rot."

The imperial guards moved in to most likely arrest Yuwen, and Hyuna just watched, numbly wondering if they'd torture him for disrupting Fat Cat day, Emperor's Day. Possible, actually, quite possible. And her numb disbelief only heightened when the Mayor was impaled through the chest and flung to the side. And in the smoke, Ro was flailing around, screaming in pain, obviously in no more condition to fight. Yuwen, panic in his eyes, proving it to Hyuna that at least this part wasn't in his little scheme, was thrown into a cobblestone.

Something snapped in the young mercenary. Was it seeing her childhood friend defeated so easily in a fight? Or was it the appearance of Tengu, and most likely Tengu with some sort of authority? Well, whatever it is, Hyuna started growling menacingly before jumping onto Yamato's back; using him almost as a spring-board to launch herself into the air. Whilst pseudo-flying, she guided herself, and condensed the air at the tip of her spear to add range, and guttered one of the mysteriously masked Tengu. She deflected attacks by spinning her weapon before driving it into the back of another Tengu, and landed with flourish on the ground. She felt momentary dizziness, and clutched at her head for a split second.

Damnit. Did I overdo it today with all the chi I've used?

She did another aerial strike, this time from below, and eliminated a few other Tengu a midst the confusion. This was what she was best at, after all- fighting outnumbered against a small group of enemies, using their numbers against them. This time she fell onto her knees, struggling to catch her breath.

"Yamato." She cried. "I'm all burnt out, Master, sorry.... these bastards are stronger than expected."

She then bent the air around her to make herself invisible, waiting until she regained enough strength to fight,

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Yamato shook his head, hearing the allegations brought against Yuwen. "A subtle lie? What would he gain from this?" It wasn't long before Yuwen's report seemed to come true. In a flash the area was covered in fire, citizens lay around him bloodied, some dead on impact. He growled, seeing the Tengu in the sky above. Their red skin turning crimson in the light of the fires. He drew his blades as Hyuna launched herself from his back. She performed well while airborne for a human. "Her chi control is superior to any I've seen." Yamato muttered as he slit the neck of the Tengu she knocked from the sky before stealing his mask. "No one I've ever seen," he mused when Hyuna fell by his side. "Yamato." She cried. "I'm all burnt out, Master, sorry.... these bastards are stronger than expected," she then fell to her knees and used her remaining energy to render her form invisible.

"Don't worry, killing these bastards is a specialty of mine. Take all the time you need."

He then put the mask he'd taken from the dead Tengu and put it on before flying up and joining their ranks. "Attacking in waves, clever." He seemed to have gone unnoticed and made his way to the back most lines. The Tengu renegades were pushing forward with no mercy. His blade sank into the back of the closet Tengu, and was then hurled at an advancing group of three who'd seen him kill their comrade. "What? A little friendly fire never hurt anyone did it?" He let out a maniacal laugh as he displayed his ashen colored wings. "You know you don't stand a chance in Hell against me right?" He shook his head slowly, standing with his guard down as the trio recovered, hesitating to attack. Yamato focused on the Tengu who'd taken point and using his telekinesis, made the tengu attack the man to his right, running him though before turning the blade on himself. The remaining Tengu stood in horror, unable to comprehend what had happened. He didn't need long though, Yamato rushed the man, knocking him to the ground before finding a blade in his neck. "That's four." He commented, wiping blood across the mask he'd stolen.

By this time, another group had taken notice of Yamato's actions and made a semi-circle around him. "The Clan Killer...Yamato Hibiki. I've been searching for you for a very long time." One Tengu stepped from the group and removed his mask, the scarred face didn't mean anything to Yamato, but he was pleased someone recognized him. "Yes, men, here we have one of the most infamous Tengu there is, a man with Ashen wings that killed his entire family. I believe we owe it to my lovely sister, Menoa Hibiki, to kill her demon son!"

So, the man was his mother's sister. "Interesting, mother never mentioned having siblings. You must mean nothing." Yamato began, blocking against his uncle's men before fighting them back with ease. "Your men are tired, dear Uncle. Its a shame they won't live through this night." Using his chi, he drew a third blade, a dagger from his belt and sent it around, slitting the throats of the men who were unable to move in time. Only a few men and his uncle remained. "You see? You mean nothing, you are worthless. The only advantage you had was numbers. Now you have noting." Yamato looked around, seeing the other Tengu falling to the various men and women who rose to Yuwen's request. Even the city guard was holding their own, some better than others. His mind wondered to killing Prefect Ro, or allowing his death. That's when his newly found uncle struck, catching his right arm, forcing Yamato to drop the medium length katana. "Bastard!" Yamato cried out, Thrusting his blade wildly, catching his slower uncle in the gut. "You are a disgrace, Hibiki. I curse your existence, and pray nothing but death on your soul."

His uncle fell, blood pooling around him and Yamato's feet. Yamato clutched his injured arm, relying on his chi to hold his blade. "Oh dear Uncle, I should thank you, death is what I seek to be the cause of most. With every death I cause, I gain more power than those who have fallen. I prove my existence is greater than their's, just as I am greater than you or the rest of my unfortunate family." He grit his teeth, focusing on the remaining Tengu that surrounded him, each wishing for revenge.

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"Please, this way. Don't shove!" Lo-muna called out sharply to the crowd of fleeing citizens as she directed them away from the approaching Tengus. She kept moving constantly, shouting orders, and redirected them whenever she foresaw them going into a Tengu's path. Her ears moved constantly, alert to the sounds of the enemies

Even if Fortune had been lying, that didn't mean there wouldn't be danger. Lo-muna could see that clearly and while the others distracted the Tengu, nearly all of them going on the attack rather than defense, she would deliver as many as she could to safety. There was plenty of room to hide in the forest nearby and cover to run across without being spotted. Lo-muna couldn't make sure they made it all the way, at least not alone, but it would have to do for now.

The sobbing of a small child distracted her and Lo-muna quickly turned around, a small child having tripped and scraped it's knee. She ran but was quickly intercepted by a Tengu who immediately went for her head. With a spin, she went to the side and leaped over to where the child was, quickly enveloping him in her arms. The air whooshed behind her and she could hear the Tengu's weapon strike the ground she had knelt on moments before. Another swing and Lo-muna jumped back yet again, the small child clutching her jacket and crying even louder from fear.

"Shh, shh," Lo-muna cooed to the child, trying to remain calm even as she had to avoid another strike. The bag was not an option since she didn't want to let go of the child, even for a second. Running would only make the Tengu switch opponents to the defenceless citizens. Seeing no other option, Lo-muna jumped as the Tengu began raising his weapon once more. She flew over his head and landed behind him. A swift roundhouse kick sent the Tengu flying and as soon as he landed, he would feel the weight of Lo-muna on his head. That, and the force of her jump and legs which would surely knock him out a the very least.

Lo-muna chuckled and turned her attention back to the citizens, a majority having been safely evacuated. Two stuck out however, trying to go against the mad rush and crying out a name. The child responded and within moments he was safely within his parent's arms again.

"Get moving!" Lo-muna shouted, already on the move for any other Tengu who got bright ideas.

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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#2013-09-14 04:15:13, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


Hyuna heard the sounds of battle under her invisibility- a flaw with bending the air around her to make herself insivible is that she also can't see from inside out. But she heard some sort of family feud between Yamato and another Tengu. His father maybe? She couldn't get the exact words, and she cursed her own lack of stamina, for not being to really help out more. Knowing her Master could handle himself pretty fine, she focused on regaining her breath and concentration, and slowly felt strength ebb back into her extremities. She walked, illusion and all, towards where she heard Yamato yell out 'Bastard' and cry out in pain, and muttered something quickly and somberly. Finally pinpointing his situation, she covered him with the illusion as well, and saw the wound on his arm.

"If I was at your side, I'd have covered your vulnerabilities." Hyuna growled when she saw the blood, and tore off a small strip of her cloak to bind the wound. "I'm ready for more, so, don't fall behind! I'll go and fight the ones closer to where the explosion was, and meet you here after?"

She then ran farther into the still there smoke, almost shivering with anticipation as she reviewed the fleet and waves of Tengu approaching; purposely and deadly; like how they were way back when she still fought alongside them. Still, she's never seen this unit ever before, and she had no idea what plans they could have.

Goddamn it, Yuwen, where the hell are you?

She was pretty panicked. After leaping straight into one wave of Tengu and essentially trapping them in Yamato's radar, she completely lost track of where Yuwen could be, or even if he was safe. Leaping through the rubble, and even killing a Tengu that was in the way- it died confused, not knowing exactly who drove a spear through him, since he was basically alone and keeping a look out. Hyuna even heard a Rabbit Girl soothing a young child, presumably escorting it to safety away from the battle. She then stopped momentarily, using her hearing and smell to try and get a grip on her location, and based on the density in the air- most likely smoke- she figured it was farther west; the tower base. She heard Ro whispering at someone a few minutes and rooftops later, so she dispersed her illusion and took a swig of water from her deerskin canteen to see that old man from before, splattered with blood, but otherwise looked no worse for wear. So, could he fight too? Why didn't he volunteer either? Maybe, only interested in self defense? and took a swig of water from her deerskin canteen.

"Old guy." She muttered. "You holding up alright?" She also saw Ro, yelling something about the base of the tower. And yeah, it would make sense for whatever their goal is to be inside the tower, somewhere, seeing as they weren't really hunting civilians at all. And otherwise, Poyo isn't exactly that greatof a strategic position based on geography alone. It's better to go for the Jiefong Valley Gate and storm straight past that to get into the Yutan heartland, rather than worrying about the insignificant Poyo. So, whatever this is, it isn't strictly a military endeavor.

"So, they're at the base of the tower?" She asked the imperial guard, putting aside what had happened between them earlier, and she hoped that no one noticed that her fatigue was already itching at the back of her mind again. "Shall we go, then, Prefect Ro?" Hyuna then offered a hand to the old guy, and gave him her name. May as well take in another ally, if that is what he is.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Of course things went awry quickly. That....Yuwen fellow's report of bandits seemed sketchy at best. And when the guardsmen approached to reveal Yuwen's seemingly fraudulent nature, Suiken was all ready to pack up and leave. But the tides of fate work in strange ways. As the city seem to explode with fire, tengu, and a lot of fighting.

Suiken didn't fight just yet...there were plenty people for that and none of those stupid crows attacked him, yet. What he needed right now...was clarity. He looked around and ran across town, observing the situation, with surprising speed for someone his size. A rabbit beast-woman was evacuating citizens and the orca beast man who he'd met earlier was helping the severely wounded mayor. Who seemed to be talking.

["The boy was wrong. They are not bandits," The Yutan man continued. "They blew up the tower because of whats... inside... but they cannot get it." He rose his hand to his collar and carefully pulled out an old, brass key. With another cough his hand drifted down, still clutching the object, until it met Keeflo's. "...They cannot get it..." He repeated, releasing the key for the beast-man to take.]

Ah, there it is. Clarity. Now that that was over, it was the time for action. Suiken drew out his mallets, the ones he'd used in his performances this morning. He lifted the metallic covering around them to reveal their true nature. Instead of mallet's, what was truly attached to the metallic sticks was a pair of two giant fangs covered, ripped from the maw of a great beast, coated in a sheet of ice that didn't melt once, even in the wild fires caused by the tengu.

Swinging the fangs around, Suiken managed to douse the flames down, every time he swung, making a cold breeze fly through the air. He wasn't just aimlessly swinging at flames, however. He had a goal. A path. The tower. Or whatever remained of it. Several Tengu were still flying above it. Suiken smirked and arched his arm back, ever so slightly...

With a mighty swing, he threw the fang as it swung in a circle like a boomerang, knocking the wind out of three tengu before it pierced the wing of the fourth, who crumpled to the ground as t felt a cold chill throughout his body. Suiken approached the wounded tengu and stepped on his chest. "Hey, how's it going?" Suiken asked casually, like he was talking to a new friend. "How about telling me what you..." Suiken began, pointing at the tengu. "...want in there..." Suiken continued, pointing at the tower.

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Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Keeflo

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"Oof," Lo-muna muttered as she landed alongside the others. Her rabbit ears were already twitching and she heard sounds that made her tense. There were familiar voices among those sounds. A majority of those she had seen in the square were already here, including the Monkey kid who was a bit too loud for her taste. There were a couple who were new, including what looked like a goat and orca beastmen, and who she made a note of to inquire about later.

"Guess that officially makes it going down a rabbit hole," she whispered, recalling a saying from her childhood. It didn't seem as humorous now with the possible danger and all.

"What is going on?" she asked to everyone and no one, already putting the pieces together but, it never hurt to ask.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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Yamato swept the town-centre one last time, making sure the Tengu that had attacked were all dead. The body count was staggering, Tengu and Human alike, some of the human's moaned in pain as their friends and family franticly tried to make their last minutes comfortable. Many were giving him looks of fear, he smiled coldly. "Pests." He muttered, making his way to the tower just as all the other warriors had before him.

It wasn't long before he came to the pit, an odd addition to a tower he felt. After all most towers went up, not down. The echoing voices and sounds of weapons scraping against stone peaked his interest, and he dove into the pit. The darkness wasn't a bother to him and he quickly made his way down the corridor, happening on the skirmish with the few remaining Tengu in the city.

"What's going on?" The Rabbit-woman asked. He chuckled, "Isn't it obvious? This group seems to be winning, and soon we will find what these idiots were after." He kicked the body of a fallen Tengu as he headed down the corridor, blade in hand. He stopped at Hyuna's side, sensing her chi was depleted again, he knelt down to her. "You really shouldn't push yourself like this. Not in a real fight. You've done well though, I'm up to thirteen, you?"

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Suiken turned as the rabbit beast-woman arrived through the tower's bottom level, inquiring upon the situation. "We've got the last of the tengu invaders cornered," he informed as the tengu allied to them soon followed . "They're after a chest inside the tower, but we have the key. They locked themselves inside, but..." Suiken glanced over at the trail of green energy leading down towards the tightly shut door. Glancing slightly over towards the beast-man who initiated the spell. "I wish you wouldn't have used such a technique...Such magic never bodes well," he growled.

From the other side of the door, the invading tengu remained silent, save for a minor flash of purple that was seen through the cracks behind the door.

"...Regardless if they're paralyzed or not, we should move cautiously," Suiken noted, contemplatively, slowly moving towards the door and nodding at Keeflo. "We're gonna need that key."

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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#2013-09-15 04:38:43, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan



Soon, pretty much everyone dropped in, something which was deeply grateful for. She knew she couldnt keep fighting any more for the night, having no chi left at all. And without chi, all she was was a fast but not particularly strong spearman. And that alone was hardly worth any notice- she relied far too heavily on splendor and fanciness with her chi, despite having a generally average body in terms of muscle, or maybe even less so.

A strange goatman archer was there, doing some sort of chant, which strangely soothed and yet creeped her out at the same time, while Suiken warned against using necromancy, a grave shake of the head. Hyuna looked around fervently, not seeing Yuwen drop down, but her heart lightened somewhat when Yamato went to her side, telling her that she's done well, but that she's pushed too hard. And that he was at thirteen.

She grimaced before deciding on being honest, with a headcount of only nine. She felt something between shame and disappointment when she realized she lost, but, then again, Yamato is Master for a reason.

"I think I'll... sit out the rest of the fighting, Master." She murmured. "Moral support from the sidelines, I guess." She struggled a little to lift up her spear and put it back in it's sheathe on her back, and draped the cloak around her because of the sudden chills she got. Probably chills from over extending her energy, and now paying the price for it. Hyuna cursed her need for flourish with her illusions, but she knew that it helped her mentally in a fight, so she'd never really be able to be rid of it. The only solution was to slowly build up stamina.

First things first though, stopping the Tengu from getting to their goal. As the group prepared to head out, Hyuna stayed close to Yamato, hopefully close enough to garner a few tips from him.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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Entering the room where the tengu were hiding, the group could see only four more of their feathered nemesis remained. Three seemingly regular troops and their commander. The tengu's old leader looked upon the group with a frustrated scowl.

"Well, I'd have to admit....I wasn't expecting this much resistance from pathetic little Poyo," the old, wizened looking Tengu spoke, his red wrinkled face, glaring upon the would-be saviors of Poyo. "Ah...now, I see it. Beast-men. An oni. An asura... Hmm, one of our own. All of you outsider's who happened to pass by. Or perhaps partake in the celebration. ..." the old tengu muttered, scratching his bristly gray beard. "I pains me to admit your arrival was not one I anticipated. Nor did I anticipate the use of necromancy..."

The old tengu smiled cruelly. "Times must be bleaker than I thought, for such abilities to exist nowadays. Luckily, I hold enough power to banish such dark magic!" the old tengu beamed as his entire visage became coated in flame as he commanded his three remaining subordinates, "Do not let them live! Do not let them reach the chest!" And with that he darted down a hallway opposite of Poyo's defenders were standing, in pursuit of the chest and whatever treasure lied inside.

The three remaining tengu, each got into a formation. One drew twin blades and flanked the group on the left, while another brandished a large battle axe and flanked the group on the right. The third stayed in the back, armed with a bow, and used his mastery over fire magic to light the arrow heads aflame.

"These three will be tougher than the ones outside..." Suiken noted. "But not too much of an obstacle!" Suiken shouted as he charged at the battle axe brandishing tengu. "We have to make this quick! We can't let their leader slip through our fingers! Some of us can hold these three off while the others follow their leader!"

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Keeflo watched as the others jumped in the pit. Unfortunately, the hole looked rather deep. Keeflo peered over the edge and sent a click down. The sound returned to him, revealing depth and width of the hole. At the age of five he had been augmented by a pod elder to be able to use echolocation, and now and many other times it had proven useful.

The hole wasn't quite as deep as it looked, although it was deep enough that Keeflo didn't want to jump down into it without something to cushion his fall. He still clutched the key as well, his massive webbed hand completely enveloping the small artifact. Something had to be done about that. He couldn't drop into a hole with more possible hostile tengu and have one hand useless. Not caring about respecting the dead, for that was a land person's qualm, the orca beast-man stripped a corpse of his clothing and used the cloth to bind the key to his belt.

This gave him an idea. Taking clothes from other dead, he made a rope of sorts. When he was satisfied with his handiwork he took a spear and drove it into the ground by the mouth of the hole. To the spear he tied one end of the makeshift rope and then he climbed down into the pit.

At the bottom of the hole lay a door, which a human abruptly bashed open and killed the tengus inside. Some more tengus came out to fight and one fled.

"These three will be tougher than the ones outside..." the oni storyteller said. "But not too much of an obstacle!" he shouted as he charged at the battle axe brandishing tengu. "We have to make this quick! We can't let their leader slip through our fingers! Some of us can hold these three off while the others follow their leader!"

Keeflo accepted the one's change from storyteller to commander in a heartbeat and ran of in pursuit of the fleeing tengu. In the dim light he was probably one of the best suited to the chase with his darkness piercing echolocation. He followed the tengu leader, constantly sending out clicks to keep track of him. While speed on land was not Keeflo's strong point, he did have plenty of endurance. As the running opened up the wound on his back again, Keeflo was reminded of his ineptness as a fighter. He hoped that someone else was coming too in case this lead to a fight.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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The silence of a grave stood between the two for several moments, weighted in the tension that resonated between the two as the armored giant seemed to gauge the situation. At length, she finally ended up walking past her with a hefty greatsword rested against one shoulder, passing up on a confrontation. Ann, acknowledging the answer, locked her weapon back into its sheath and smiled as she heard the words "Thought about it," grunted as she passed by. She crammed her hands into her pockets and turned around, following after her.

"That's no good at all, is it?" she said. "I really should start meaning everything that I say. Or perhaps not? You're quite scary, to be honest. I almost certainly wouldn't win if I fought you." Ann was still smiling as she walked further down the hall, gradually catching up with her pace. "Almost."

It wasn't long before the passage ended and they caught up with rest of the group, faced against three tengu who actually appeared to know what they were doing this time around, each wielding a different weapon. One of them even looked to be adept in the use of fire magic. The tengu leader dashed off, leaving his guardsmen behind to defend his escape. Ann leaned against a wall near the back, crossing her arms. She decided she'd rather watch the fight unfold rather than engage in it herself. The group that had dropped down with her had seemed capable enough and figured that intervention was all but unnecessary.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Malachi nodded at Oni that had warned against his use of chi. Malachi understood it well enough. The 'art', as Pollo liked to call it, was widely looked down upon and forbidden. But if this small act of such could by the group even a fraction of a second more, then it was willing to be used, especially by Malachi in his state and mind. After what seemed like a while, though it was hardly even a few minutes, the door to where the voices were coming from was knocked down, revealing four remaining Tengu. One fled down the corridor, only after giving an effect to his men and mentioning a chest once again.

Malachi could care less about this chest they spoke of, but just the way the Tengu seemed to want it so bad meant it must be something extraordinarily important, and he made it his duty to not let that happen. Stepping back to position himself behind the group, Malachi drew his bow. He, unlike the Tengu how had equipped a bow as well and found fit to control the element of fire to light the heads of the arrows, Malachi only had his plane handmade arrows. They wont light the Tengu on fire or burn as much as fire headed ones, but they will due in the long run.

Right off the back, Malachi let three of his arrows fly at the bow wielding Tengu. The arrows could have just as well hit any of the group, piercing through the air with the power only an arrow can and nearly skimming the edge of the people of this rag-tag group of defenders. One nearly hit the orca Beast-Man as he ran on after the one that fled. That caused Malachi to cowwer, covering his eyes with his hands until he heard the groan of a Tengu and looked up to see that two of his three arrows his the archer with wings, the third being stuck into the wall behind him, the two being pierced in his skin, one in the shoulder, one in the chest. That sent a few arrows Malachi's way, one nearly hitting his head, the other deflecting off his left horn.

That was not the least bit fun. Malachi though before shooting two more arrows at the Tenu. One hitting him directly in the head, the other nearly missing his neck and piercing into the wall. Luckily, Malachi will be able to retrieve two of the five arrows he let off, that being the two in the wall as he didn't want to disturb the dead any further than he would need too. He'd have to wait until after the other two Tengu are strike dead before he does anything though. He nearly dashed off after the orca Beast-man to help, but decided against, deciding he wouldn't be much help. Instead, he stood back behind the group for a moment before drawing his eye coverings back over his eyes, deciding that was enough chi use for today. Maybe for the week. The month. Hell, the year.

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Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Keeflo

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By the time the last three Tengu were being engaged, Lo-muna had already dashed off after the leader. The only sign of her leaving would be the flash of light bursting past the enemies and fading as it went deeper into the tunnel. It was stupid, she knew, to carry a light when the enemy was relying on the darkness to escape. Lo-muna felt she had no choice however. The small firework in her hand, the one she had been selling just a couple hours before, could easily be put out. That was only if she had to of course.

Her vision allowed her to see around her, to see most of her surroundings, but it wasn't clear. She could see she was catching up to the orca beast-man and could see far down the tunnel to where their target was up ahead. But what she saw was like a grainy picture with the details impossible to discern clearly unless more light was introduced. The firework in her hand didn't provide nearly enough light for that. It was a comfort, not a tool.

Lo-muna caught up to the orca beast-man but didn't say anything, simply doing a small nod of acknowledgement. Their prey was up ahead and the fight they had left behind would be for naught if they didn't catch the leader.

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Yamato chose to follow the leader of the renegade Tengu. "On me." He called to Hyuna, who was already at his heels. "You've done very well to get this far. I must say I am impressed." He complimented her as the two followed after the Rabbit-woman and Orca-man.
"This bastard will meet his end at my blade!" He shouted, racing ahead of the two beast-man. In the small room, Yamato noticed the chest on the far end of the room. The Tengu leader stood before it, guarding it as if it was truly his and they were the ones coming to steal it. Either way, the perspective didn't matter to Yamato. He saw a fight, and a good one at that.

"So all of this for a chest?" He shrugged. "Seems a little over the top. Either that chest holds the worlds greatest treasure, or you are a piss-poor planner. Would this not have gone more smoothly as a stealth mission? Sneak in under the guise of a traveling performance group during the festivities, kill the tower guards while some of your men gave their performance, and then come down here to steal your precious treasure?" He laughed, "Such a fool. You seem to be smarter than this. You must be working for someone else to pull off such a attack. Someone else is pulling the strings. I can see the frustration in your eyes, the pain that comes from loosing your men in cold blood. They didn't deserve to die, right?" He nodded, "Oh yes, you're mind is telling you to finish this mission to get the treasure and live, because then your men didn't have to die in vain. Well, I'm sorry that we are here to prove your idiotic stunt was all for nothing!"

With that Yamato rushed forward, his long blade held tightly in his left hand, while his still injured right arm remained tucked into his chest. While it pained him to admit, he was going to need to depend on the three others to help him fight off the Tengu leader.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-16 02:42:45, as written by Nulix
The Tengu leader glared at Yamato as he charged, quickly raising into the air with the large, oak chest tucked away beneath his arm. "You misunderstand, brother," He began to his fellow Tengu. "I needed to blow up the tower to access these passages beneath..." The bearded Tengu spoke as he circled the black stone chamber: the dead end all the passages reached. "This place was built many years ago, long before the town, the people... to store one thing, and the only way to unearth it again was with fire."

The Tengu swallowed as his eyes drifted between the human girl, the other Tengu, and the rabbit before finally settling on the Orca who'd pursued him first. "You are right though. Many of our sides have died..." The old Tengu whispered, before carefully holding the chest forward in the air. "But if you have a key... it must not all be for in vain..."

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One of the Tengu lieutenants was smashed into the ground by arrows, breaking their formation, while the other went off on the defensive, leaving the adviser in the middle unarmed. "Wait!" The adviser yelled, realizing he was both out-numbered and outmatched. "Perhaps we can... talk about this?" He croaked and stepped forward, giving a large, yellow-toothed smile to the team...

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-16 03:23:09, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


While the others dealt with the others, Yamato motioned for Hyuna to follow him, and, although her muscles were weary and her bones and mind were screaming, she kept up with her mentor, eagerly waiting to see him in action. She, the orca and bunny beast-men, they were chasing what appeared to be the leader of this Tengu unit. Maybe not directly involved in the battles of Leiya, but still Tengu, nonetheless. And they obviously weren't exceptions to the rule, like Yamato the 'clankiller', was. So, they had to die. End of story. It irked her that she wouldn't get any more kills for the night, but it wouldn't do well to faint from the exertion.

Still. Yamato was injured, there was no denying that. If he needed it, Hyuna would gladly throw an illusion or two, here and there to back him up, as well as the bunny and the orca. Those two were allies too, and, well, Hyuna had no issue with the beast-man, and instead considered them something fascinating and interesting to look at. Almost like works of art. And the four of them eventually made it into a room- and they all saw the rumored chest, glinting at them almost temptingly. And of course, the Tengu leader was there.

Yamato was the first to react, yelling his lines while rushing into the battle. Hyuna wasn't stupid enough to see that he kept the injured arm to his chest though; out of harms way, and she felt a small twinge of guilt. Not much of one, but there nonetheless. The leader took a defensive position with the chest in his arms, before talking almost directly to Yamato.

"You misunderstand, brother, I needed to blow up the tower to access these passages beneath... This place was built many years ago, long before the town, the people... to store one thing, and the only way to unearth it again was with fire."

So, once again, the damned Tengu disrupt lives in order to get their own selfish goals.

"You are right though. Many of our sides have died... but if you have a key... it must not all be for in vain..."

She saw the opportunity- the chest was being held forwards. Hyuna smirked in satisfaction, before using her last reserves of energy to bring up an illusion of spears flying towards the enemy tengu, in hopes they flinched. She leapt forwards, kicking desperately away at the tengu leader, and grasped the chest to her chest; wrenching it violently out of his grasp. And just as quick as she jumped in, she tossed the chest behind her allies, and then ducked behind Yamato.

"My last good deed of the night." She panted, and sat down. "I leave the rest to you three, okay?"

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Keeflo

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"Your trust will not be wasted," Lo-muna said, leaping forward to catch the chest. The moment her feet touched the ground, she was already throwing herself back as small sparks flew forward. In the air before the leader Tengu, they exploded in a bright, harmless light which vanished as quickly as it came. They were meant to be blinding in such a close range, their aftermark on the sight difficult to remove. It was a distraction for Lo-muna to distance herself, placing the orca beast-man and ally Tengu between her and the enemy.

His words still rang in her ears and she clutched the chest tightly but was not about to engage in direct combat yet. The chest was priority, the key was priority, but they had both items on their side. As long as the orca didn't slip up, both items would stay on their side. The ally Tengu seemed pretty heated for battle so Lo-muna figured he would keep the enemy off of her. Of course if they chose to talk, as the enemy had wanted to, they would have the upper hand either way.

Lo-muna had afforded her allies less than a minute. How they chose to spend the time was up to them for all she knew was that the chest was not going to leave her hands until the matter was settled.

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Keeflo

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With the chest secured, Yamato went in for the kill. Speeding towards the Tengu, he slammed into the man, knocking him to the floor "I do hope you plan on dying here." He started as he thrust his katana into the man's wing. "Because I have no intention of letting you leave alive."

He pulled the blade out, and took an offensive stance. "C'mon, now we're equal. You have one wing, and I have one good arm. Of course, I have the advantage of you still dying if you manage to kill me, but let's try to not think about that." The man stood and drew his own blade. Although he was injured it didn't seem to slow him down any. Yamato blocked and returned hits, each giving the battle their all. "You're good." He commented, pushing the man back with the force of his chi before swiping at the Tengu's gut. One wing still allowed for him to strafe out of the way in time, and retaliate. Yamato managed to catch the man's blade before it hit his own wing and shoulder checked him to give some distance.

"Now, now, no holding back!" Yamato and the bearded Tengu were even blow for blow, neither relinquished and both began to grow wild in their attacks. Yamato caught the man's cloak with a wide sweeping slice, managing to draw some blood before meeting a similar injury to his leg. Scratches due in part to their speed in dodging. Growing tired of the fight, Yamato took to the air and came crashing down on to his opponent. Both of their blades clattered against the floor, sliding out of reach while Yamato landed blow after blow on the Tengu's face and chest. A strong right hook gave the beaded Tengu the edge he needed to switch their positions as he gripped Yamato's shoulders and slammed him against the stone floor repeatedly. "That...that all you got?" Yamato chuckled softly, spitting blood onto the Tengu's cheek. Both gasped for air, thinking through how to win. "I'm sad to say, I'm not sorry about this." Yamato sighed, his blade stabbing through the Tengu's shoulder from behind. "Telekinesis is a real bitch," Yamato pushed the man off of him and stood over him. "Any last words before I kill you?" He asked, growing arrogant.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-16 06:48:16, as written by Nulix
The defeated Tengu wheezed heavily as Yamato's boot landed down on his chest. The winner of the duel stood over him now, the leader knew. And as Yamato looked down upon the elder's worn and beaten face he'd see something he'd not expect. A smile grow through the blood. "...You think you're powerful," The man whispered. "You think you're great... you have no idea what you've stepped into." The leader closed his eyes. "The underworld is a cruel place Yamato Hibiki... I will be waiting for you there..." And with that last breath the figure went cold, dying as if to rob Yamato of the final blow. The room seemed to fade with his passing, fade from any of them or what they had to say to the presence of one unspoken guest. The chest, hinged in iron and made of old, sunken wood...

"Please... can't we speak!" The adviser pleaded to the group of warriors before him. Suddenly footsteps caused the entire group to turn. From the passageway Yamato, Hyuna, Keeflo, and Muna emerged. The chest bouncing lightly in the rabbit-girl's arms. The adviser swallowed before turning to the other Tengu warrior remaining. "So he is dead..." The adviser whispered. Before anyone had time to react the two Tengu whipped out daggers and plunged them both into their hearts. "...As are we."

The two collapsed and outside a new day dawned. The Tengu were defeated, and far beneath the surface where the rising sun could be seen in the large passageway beneath what was once Poyo's town-tower the victors were gathered with their prize.

The chest.

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Malao


After all was said and done, Malao gave out a big sigh and plopped himself on his ass as he leaned back on his hands. A lot had happened tonight. A lot. A lot more than has happened in most of his life, he felt good.....and something else. He looked up and around at his comrades who might not be anymore since the fighting was said and done. He looked at eachone individually and then said to the lot of them.

"......I'm hungry. Anybody else hungry? Who's up for breakfast?"

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-16 16:43:59, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


And with that, the Poyo Conflict was finished, with all the filthy Tengu killed in the end as the sun rose. This strange motley group, almost standing around the chest as if it were this sacred, precious monument; shining in glory. And Yuwen was still somewhere else, not that it mattered right now. What mattered was this chest- apparently harboring a big secret that everyone around was going to be dragged into- a huge massive conflict that may even be invisible to everyone else. Only an idiot would ignore the onus coming from the chest, and the significance it symbolized. There was a lot of death, for something like this. So, even if it were just a small useless trinket, it'd still carry and be worth the death it cost to save it.

This is not something to be taken lightly.

Perhaps the most important question of all would be, who would own it, in the end? Assuming it's a worthwhile treasure, and assuming that they'd even decide to open it in the first place.

Would it belong to the Giantess, bloodstained and brutal in her might? Half-ashuran, half-sudean, she was certainly a sight to behold. And it seemed as if she killed more people in her life than words she spoke- something Hyuna was sure to keep a note of; to not make an enemy out of this woman. She looked thoughtfully at the massive greatsword, and wondered if it could snap her spear like a twig. Hyuna wasn't really hoping to test that out. She also wondered if anyone here could stand up to the Giantess in a huge confrontation, if she decided that the treasure belonged to her?

So Hyuna had to put the spotlight on her, somehow. She looked at the others in the group, like that Suna.

Also Sudean, and also a brilliant fighter in his own right; at least what she saw of him. He's assuming to most, and probably because of his look of age, he'd be underestimated. Even now, she couldn't exactly pin point what his fighting style is, unlike the Giantess, who's specialty is pure and brute strength. Suna, most likely, was a strange amalgamation of different styles, leading to unpredictability and an opponent that can counter most anyone that came at him- as long as he knew they were coming. He was formidable, for sure, and deceptively so.

And what of the goatman? He wielded a bow, so he could use his speed to his advantage against the giantess while shooting arrows. He'd be more of a distraction than anything, something to divert and diffuse her attention so she couldn't fully focus. And if that failed, there was always necromancy. Hyuna honestly didn't know much about the forbidden chi art except that it was forbidden, and probably with good reason. She couldn't decide if she could trust someone who used such power.

And there was the tall human girl, obviously Gwanish of origin? There was a strange look in her eyes that Hyuna couldn't quite place. She looked probably too calm and distanced from the group, and Hyuna wondered exactly why she didn't participate in the fight once down the pit. And obviously this Gwanish girl was intelligent- she used spears to slow down her fall when going down the hole in the first place. Her katana, however was of inferior make, and she wondered if it could really harm the Giantess in hostile combat.

And of course, at full strength, she and Yamato could be more than a match for the Giantess. Her speed and chi mastery alongside his experience and expertise, she felt confident they could eliminate the largest threat, but not without some injury.

Then the Monkey King spoke up, breaking the uncomfortable silence.

"......I'm hungry. Anybody else hungry? Who's up for breakfast?"

Hyuna considered. Yes, she was starving and needed both nutrition and rest in order to regain her strength. She was worthless otherwise. But on the other hand, what if while they were all eating, one of the group made off with the treasure? That'd be unacceptable, to her at least, since she wanted at least some part of it if anyone as going to have any. And, unlike the others, she had possibly two allies to back her up- Yamato, her mentor, with whom she made a quick friendship with, as well as that Yuwen, who finally recognized her from his past. She didn't fully trust them, but she figured the three of them could work together and outnumber the others.

Still, her stomach growled, and she decided that no one would be stupid enough to try and steal the treasure away just yet.

"Then let's... let's eat." She said pensively to the group, and then specifically turned to Yamato. "I still have coin, Master, if you, um, wouldn't mind letting my ride on your back to the surface, at least. I'm too tired to move." She held out her stolen coin pouches from the guardsmen earlier, offering them.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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It was over. The tengus had died, some even suicided. At the end when the tengu wanted to talk Keeflo had been willing to listen but apparently Ashy Wing Tengu had had other ideas. He had killed the leader of the attacking tengus. Although Keeflo was glad the fight was over, he couldn't help feeling unhappy at all the lives lost just for a chest. What could it hold that the tengu had died for it? What could it hold that the mayor had trusted its key to a nobody?

Keeflo still had the key wrapped in his belt. It was fairly hidden, so he doubted anyone would be able to see it and try to steal it, but he kept his hand in its vicinity nonetheless. Some of these people had proven themselves to be clever and unpredictable.

Then the monkey man said something about being hungry, garnering a gurgle from Keeflo's stomach. Yes, he was hungry, but no, he likely didn't have the money to pay for it. Unlike the monkeys he had seen in the night, Keeflo didn't want to steal. That would just bring more people chasing him. He sighed. So close to entry to the ocean, yet so far...

The girl who had taken the chest from the tengu lead asked Ashy Wings to carry her up the hole. "I have a better way. I made a rope out of clothes. It should still be here," Keeflo said. He went to the part of the hole where he had climbed down and sure enough the rope was there.

"I'm strong, I'll carry the chest up," Keeflo said. He picked up the chest and held it in one arm and climbed up the bloodstained rope, using his feet, free hand, and tail to grip it. Not once did it cross his mind to open it and claim what was inside. It wasn't his. In his mind it belonged to Loy-Qui, who hopefully was still alive. He didn't have much need for it, as he planned to soon return to the ocean, and it wasn't owned by him or anyone else nearby, either.

Thus when he climbed up the makeshift rope he paused only for a moment to make sure the others were not having any trouble before heading to where he left the mayor. Loy-Qui was still lying where Keeflo left him and, judging by the people flocking around him, was still alive. Keeflo was still a little ways off, so he quickened his pace and headed towards the group.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Lo-muna raised an eyebrow as she was relieved of guarding the chest, the orca beast-man already heading back to the surface. The concerns raised over their stomachs, three of the group so far, amused her but didn't incite the same curiosity as the chest that had caused so much of a fuss. After all, the leader had warned them they were not ready for the conflict. What conflict that was, Lo-muna wished she had asked. She cursed her own ineptness.

"I suppose the mystery can be resolved after a meal. Although I am low on funds due to a certain.. incident from earlier," Lo-muna said to the group, glancing at the monkey beast-man. "And it will give us a chance to discuss the dead Tengu's warning. I don't think our association with each other will end here."

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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The tengu lay defeated. A shame it took the loss of their lives to so, but the town was saved nevertheless. Well, there was the matter of what to do with the treasure, but that can be decided later. For now, it seemed the others had other pressing matters on their minds. Namely food.

"Yeah...food sounds good about now," Suiken remarked, patting his stomach as he remembered that he hadn't eaten dinner. "Perhaps those of us who do have coin can split the bill, so everyone gets a chance to eat, eh?"

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Ann was still standing near the back, silently watching as the orca beastman took hold of the chest and began hauling it up the pit. She didn't really care much for what was in the chest or why so many lives had been lost to try and obtain it so she had nothing to comment on the situation regarding the treasure. It was highly unlikely that she'd end up getting her hands on it anyway so there was no point in thinking about it further.

"I'm hungry," the Monkey King finally spoke. "Anybody else hungry? Who's up for breakfast?" A few nods and phrases of agreement accompanied by growling stomachs were audible in the quiet depths of the underground sanctum. The rabbit-eared woman mentioned something about being low on money and while Ann would normally have spared her some coins, she figured the woman would work something out with the the Monkey King who had robbed her during the festival. She briefly wondered if the giant would contest ownership of the chest, glancing her direction and then at the beastman. The thought only lasted for a while and she found her gaze drifting elsewhere, casually inspecting the others in the room with her.

The oni suggested to the group that they should split the bill for a meal among them and she simply shrugged and said, "I've some coin to spare," her eyes still drifting around the closed space.

She wasn't in much of a mood to challenge the Monkey King anymore but wondered if she should do it anyway, since there didn't seem to any better time than this. On the down side, she had a feeling that the others would not be too happy with that turn of events and it didn't make much sense to peg several capable fighters on herself all at once because she was too impatient to wait for a better opportunity. Still, she was likely to miss out on her bounty at this rate. It wouldn't be so bad to give up on it she supposed, considering how much the last one paid anyway.

No one in the room particularly caught her eye, but it was rare to see so many competent fighters all gathered in the same room. She wondered how many of them she could best in a one-on-one duel, but kept it strictly to a thought. No point in starting a fight just for the sake of challenging each others' skill. Even if the curiosity lingered, battle was no thrill to her: It was simply a necessary means to an end. One that she found herself engaged in constantly. It was what she was good at, after all.

That wasn't to say that she possessed no other talents, but it had always proved to be both her greatest skill and money-making tool. Escorting high-profile figures, acting as a bodyguard, assassination, bounty hunting; if it involved violence, it was more than likely she could pull it off.

Perhaps another time. But for now, all that was left to do was wait.

At length, Ann left her spot at the wall inspected some of the bodies, settling on the higher ranked ones, kneeling by them and closely examining their weapons. She held one of them up the air, drawing it neatly from its scabbard. The quality was excellent, to be sure, but after a few experimental swings, decided that it was far too heavy for her. She slid it back in and set it down on the ground. The age old of dilemma of fighting a balanced weapon that would actually be of use to her. In all honesty, her sword was garbage, but it did its job well enough given that it wouldn't break any time soon. The only reason she hadn't replaced it yet was because of its incredible lightness, which she found much difficulty finding in other blades.

She gave up on the search for now, deciding that this wouldn't be a problem if only she'd spent more time physically conditioning her body. Of course, there was still time for that, but it would be something she'd have to work towards. For now, she'd have to stick with what she had without complaint. She'd been told time and time again that her potential was incredible, but she'd also been told that it was vital to improve her physical performance to unlock it. Her skills alone had carried her this far so she wasn't in any rush, but the thought of becoming a much more potent fighter than before was definitely of intrigue. Not only that, but if she could also figure out how to manipulate chi, tides would certainly turn in her favor. She gave those distant thoughts a rest for the moment.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Suiken was silent for a moment, but then spoke up. "Do the bodies of the tengu lying on the floor within and on the grounds outside not provide enough explanation as to what happened here?" he asked, his hand pointing to the dead Tengu in the pit below. "I'm certain none of us has anything to gain by involving ourselves in such an assault."

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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By the time Amanhã had caught up to the rest of the group, it seemed they had already made short work of the remaining tengu fighters. More importantly, as they emerged from deeper within the tunnel, one of them, the rabbit beast-folk, was toting the chest along-- Amanhã's eyes zeroed in on it. It was a hefty-looking trunk, fairly bulky but light enough to be carried in the hands of the slight-built beast-folk, fashioned of oak by the looks of it with a keyhole securing the latch. Amanhã frowned. A keyhole-- and she very certainly was not in possession of the key. Perhaps force would be sufficient in divorcing the two halves of the latch and unveiling whatever 'treasure' was contained therein, but that would necessitate addressing another issue.

Amanhã was not unfamiliar with fighting multiple opponents-- she had made a point of mastering her ability to adroitly and effectively fight numerous adversaries simultaneously. But multiple foes of this magnitude? Amanhã's confidence in her skills did not extend that far, for good reason: avoiding overt self-assuredness was necessary to survival, and Amanhã had always made sure to be aware of the battles she almost certainly could not emerge victorious from. A legion of tengus? That was child's play. But these warriors were more than a cut above those faceless mooks. In the case of at least five of them, they would individually have made quite a pleasure to fight and kill: altogether, the battle's outcome would have been... significantly less clear-cut. Perhaps if they had all been fighting amongst themselves, it would have been possible for Amanhã to eventually emerge victorious from the battle royale-- but making herself a target of all of them? That would have been the act of a fool, and Amanhã had not been a fool in more than thirty years.

She scowled. This was a predicament. She wanted that chest. Whatever was in there, the tengus had thought it significant enough to slaughter a town for. Granted, there was just as good a chance it was some trifling cultural relic of the tengus, stolen from them during the war by the avaricious Yune, worth nothing to anyone but the Teng Kingdom-- but then, she could simply sell it to them for a hefty price. Either way, she emerged with a profit... but only if she got that chest. Only if she could separate whoever was bearing it-- it had changed hands from the rabbit beast-folk to the orca beast-folk of before-- then acquiring it would become... very straightforward, as it were.

But it seemed for the time being, much to Amanhã's distress, she would have to linger with this group and await that opportunity.

When it emerged, she would be certain to act swiftly, decisively, and brutally-- as always.

At that point, they were beginning to return to the surface-- the orca beast-folk had fashioned a rope of sorts and had already clambered up, though Amanhã, who had been the last to enter and was now therefore at the head of the group, was not certain if it could bear her six hundred and fifty pound bulk. The uncertainty was put to silence, however, as a shrill whistle from above tunnelled down through the dank halls of the tower. And shortly following on its heels was a voice, reverberating down the passage. "Attention, warriors! This is Prefect Ro ordering you to exit the pit with your weapons sheathed!"

Ordering me? To hell with the others-- ordering her? Her scowl intensified in vehemence. It sounded almost as though Ro intended to arrest the group collected here-- which had to be a ludicrous proposition. They had just slaughtered their way through an attack force of highly-trained tengu warriors: what made this damn bureaucrat think his little town guard could possibly put up a fight against them?

"You are under investigation for involvement with the attack..." the prefect continued, initially in no way assuaging Amanhã's discontent. "But if you are cooperative and are found to have aided in the defence of the village, you will be paid by me, on behalf of the Emperor of Yune in his absence."

That was marginally more appealing, though still not without concerns. The bureaucrats would undoubtedly seize the chest from whoever was in possession of it before Amanhã ever had a chance to glean the nature of its contents, and in Imperial hands it would be much more difficult to acquire. Furthermore, they spoke of a reward, but really, when could you ever trust bureaucrats? This Ro character was probably planning on having them all killed so he could take the chest for himself-- it was what Amanhã would have done in his position. Well, no-- in his position, Amanhã would probably have made sure not to end up serving in a shitstain town like Poyo, but that aside, he was in a very good position to take the chest for himself.

Now that she thought of it, the orca had already proceeded up to the surface-- they might already have killed him and seized the chest.

The snow oni had begun to reply to the prefect's words, but for Amanhã's part, sheathing her weapon was clearly not on the agenda. Another battle was in the cards, she knew it-- but she was not going to be the first to go up. She would wait until two or three had already gone up and gotten themselves arrested-- kept the other soldiers occupied by the time Amanhã went up with absolutely no intent of letting herself get arrested.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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#2013-09-16 20:38:04, as written by Nulix
"I'm afraid not. Not until we have a clearer spectrum of events," The voice echoed down through the cavern. "Don't worry. If you are truthful and heroic in action you will be free and paid by midday."

In the small, half-destroyed courtyard of an abandoned restaurant in the square Yuwen sat at a table and sipped his tea, watching the Prefect talk to the heroes below with great interest...

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-16 20:56:42, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


Hyuna, while grateful, just curtly nodded at the orca-man when he gave his suggestion to use the cloth rope he made to get down in the first place. She was more than exhausted, but once at the surface, she could just nab some coffee to regain her energy. Never know when she'd need to be ready for battle again, especially with certain members of the present company. Still, when the orca took the chest and ran ahead, she narrowed her eyes briefly, wondering exactly what the orca could want with it. Seriously, he didn't seem like the self-interested type in the least, so it baffled her.

"Yamato." She muttered back at him once exiting the tunnel. "Keep an eye on the ashuran. You and I can handle the others ourselves, but... she's a threat."

Hyuna then quickly dived into a diner on her own, masking her exhaustion; not willing anyone to see her weak, especially these civilians she just recently helped save. She ordered imported coffee from Sudea, and not long after it was ready, and she sipped the bitter, thick liquid, feeling it swishing down her throat and almost burning at her stomach. Still, it gave her more energy to last a few hours, and she also carried with her some sweets, enough for her and Yamato to share. Upon leaving the diner, she gave haf of the sweets to her ashen-winged friend.

"They're good." She said amicably to him, taking a bite out of one laced with vanilla icing. She moaned with pleasure feeling the delicacy sweeten her tongue. "Ish r'lly g'd!" She exclaimed, rubbing her stomach with content and licking the soft crumbs off of her fingers.

But then, when regrouping with the others, it was all bad news- Ro, the idiot, had come and accused them, accused their freaking saviors of planning the whole thing! It was probably a farce for the Imperials to save face, and Hyuna was quick to voice her opinion angrily at someone who really shouldn't try to fight her on a good day.

"You shamed yourselves when the Tengu got in." She said scowling. "Damned Imperials let the mayor get hit, and we had to step in to save everyone. And this is how you treat the heroes? You're just a bunch of ingrates who should be begging at our feet to accept the money!"

There was no way in hell she'd just surrender- not to a pathetic man like Ro.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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Suiken shook his head in agitation, as he picked himself up to his feet. The situation had calmed now. Although the Ashura and the woman with the spear's actions had essentially branded them all as criminals and the ashen-winged tengu's arrogance seem to not help matters any, the man from earlier, the one branded as a fraud, Yuwen Fortune had arrived to settle the matter, it seemed. His appearance right now at the moment of their would-be arrest was a bit too convenient for Suiken at the moment...but being branded as a criminal by the Empire was not high on his list of priorities at the moment. And Fortune had a way out of it. By means of a guild. A 'great guild' as he called it.

Suiken raised an eyebrow. "Great Guild Fortune?" he repeated, sounding somewhat resigned, before laughing hardily. "That's possibly the vainest name I've ever heard given to a guild! I figure most people would ask some pretty critical questions at this point. Namely, why would the join such a guild, especially one that propped up at during such tumultuous events just in time to save the day...But as I see it. The only other prospect would be facing these guards. All of whom, I could surely defeat, but have no real reason to," Suiken stated, glancing back at the others, making sure they understood that they really had no reason to do so either.

"And if I refuse to join this guild, I'd pretty much be branded a criminal anyway now, thanks to those numbskulls," he stated jokingly, pointing a thumb back in the general direction of the half-ashura and the spear-woman. Possibly, the tengu as well, the thumb was just pointing in a general direction after all. Suiken sighed. This Yuwen Fortune was a sketchy one. But..this guild could be the push he needed. "So, what the hell! I'll take you up on your offer, Fortune!"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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#2013-09-17 03:37:38, as written by Nulix
Yuwen stepped forward toward the Oni, pulling out one of the contracts and handing it to him. "Please, use my quill," he said warmly, pulling out a quill and dipping it in a pocket-case of fine blue-ink. He handed it to the old Snow-Oni. "Good job trying to defuse the situation," he added. "Shame it didn't work. What's your name, Oni?"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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Sunaarashi walked up silently to Yuwen and Suiken. He'd been the last one up the rope, and since it had taken him FOREVER (rope climbing was not a skill he entertained), he'd only arrived for really Yuwen's speech. From what he'd heard while he was climbing, he was slightly exasperated that things had escalated to the point they had.

He hadn't really expected anything different. Yune had a lot of security, which is why it was able to survive in the midst of all these wars. He, fortunately, had made sure to go through all of the proper paperwork and guard posts coming from Sudea to Yune, and so was certain he wouldn't have a problem with the prefect and his group. Sure, they hadn't been able to do much in the fight, but that was what everyone else was there for, right?

However, the problem was, Suna was in need of a job. And this one seemed... interesting, at least. If it wasn't profitable, well, he'd never been the one to fancy after riches, anyway.

"I'll sign as well," he told Yuwen. "But I hope you know what you're doing. There's a lot of competition with guilds. And you have to fight some serious stuff." He smiled. "If you're okay with that, I'll be fine following you. If you're a strong fighter, I'll even enjoy it. Either way, I need the job, and my skills..." He shrugged. "Well, they're not exactly normal."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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Suiken took the quill. "Actions without thought are actions that break nations, y'know?" Suiken asked Yuwen, scratching the back of his head with his free hand. "That's what I was trying to teach anyway. Dunno if the message got across," Suiken stated, signing his name across the contract. "Suiken is the name, by the way. I'm a musician and story teller by trade."

Suiken nodded at the bald human as he also approached.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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#2013-09-17 04:06:24, as written by Nulix
"I like stories," Yuwen nodded as the Oni's large fingers held the quill and signed gently with the fingers of a musician. "And I like music," He added, flipping to another contract and handing it to the large man. "I'll sign as well," The man began. "But I hope you know what you're doing. There's a lot of competition with guilds. And you have to fight some serious stuff. If you're okay with that, I'll be fine following you. If you're a strong fighter, I'll even enjoy it. Either way, I need the job, and my skills... Well, they're not exactly normal."

"I specialize in non-normal," Yuwen replied with a small smile as the man signed. "Whats your name, warrior?"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi

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"I always did think being on the road was better than any cell," Lo-muna pitched in, joining the conversation. "Then again, I'm not very fond of small spaces like cells. Maybe you're different, girl? Ah but Fortune, do you mind if I sign? I don't have any qualms at the moment since I believe I have enough information for now. Do you run into trouble like this often?"

She raised an eyebrow as the giant female signed it, taking the contract with some force.

"Or rather run with trouble really," she muttered quietly with a small smile.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi

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#2013-09-17 04:52:59, as written by Nulix
"I never mind," Yuwen replied slickly he stepped forward the rabbit-girl and looked her over from bottom to top. "And it all depends on how often I seek it," He admitted sheepishly. "Whats your name?" He asked, before looking up as the two-armed Ashuran walked away. "And yours!" He called up to her.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra

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Malachi watched the scene play out, going from trying into another awfully blood battle - this time with the empire on the other side of the blood instruments of the group - and into a guild signing. A guild! Out of all the things could happen, a guild? And with a name of 'Great Guild Fortune'? Oh, the name stank like the courtyard now, with all the death, but it did have a nice ring. Yes, The Great Guild Fortune! A guild with the greatest warriors of the world who took down an entire fleet of Tengu's! Of course, Malachi wasn't thinking of this, none of it ever really matter to him, it'd all be the same. But at least this way, he wouldn't be so...alone. He waited as a few of the other signed before he stepped up.

"I suppose I shall join this Great Guild." Malachi said, stepping forward slightly toward with a slight bow. "Malachi Gabra of Quekour Town, Gwanalai, at your service." He added, a slightly extra bow with the slightest hint of a grin upon his lips before it subsided without notice.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra

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Suiken raised an eyebrow at Sunaarashi's odd sense of humor, and didn't respond much, only giving a simple shrug. He then gave a nod of respect towards the two beast-people who just joined. "Hey, Fortune! As soon as you and you're, ah...old flame, are done reminiscing, I want to talk some about guild matters!"

The tengu seemed to make up his mind about joining Yuwen's cause as well.

["When this is over Fortune, I expect to have the highest body count."]

"Wow, you're certainly reaching for the sky with those goals..." Suiken spoke to the tengu in a flat, seemingly bored, mocking voice as he nonchalantly picked his ear.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi

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"While I have a chance..." Lo-muna said as the conversation began being steered away from the intimate troubles of Fortune and the young girl. "My name is Lo-muna Vanhi although you may call me Muna, Fortune. With this lively lot you're gathering, you may not have to look for trouble anymore. I look forward to working with you."

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#2013-09-17 05:40:51, as written by Nulix
Yuwen watched as Tengu took the scroll and signed, Hyuna behind him. "When this is over Fortune, I expect to have the highest body count. You will not question my methods, and I will try not to question yours. You give me the fight and I'll give your guild results. You give Hyuna a fight and she'll give you results. That's what we are here for."

"Aren't you two a pair?" Yuwen whispered with a raised eyebrow, slightly cautious of his old friend and her relationship with the man, giving them both a smile. "Well welcome to the Guild. What are you called, my winged friend?"

"While I have a chance..." The rabbit-girl's voice interrupted. Yuwen flung around to face her. "My name is Lo-muna Vanhi although you may call me Muna, Fortune. With this lively lot you're gathering, you may not have to look for trouble anymore. I look forward to working with you."

"And I you," He responded with a bow, kissing her hand before raising up again and turning to Suiken as he spoke about ranking. "Do you?" He called to the Oni. "Well come here then, we'll talk."

"I can't believe this," Ro muttered, shaking his head as he and his men regrouped beside the forming Great Guild...

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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#2013-09-17 06:00:07, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


"Yamato, I can already tell." Hyuna said with a stretch of her arms. "Stuck with these kinds of people for three months... once it's done, let's leave their lives for good." She eyed the Oni in particular, who she once thought was just a simple travelling bard, but isn't nearly as gentle as he appeared once, a time before the Tengu attack; it felt like years ago. "They probably don't want our help anyways, you know?"

She then turned directly to Yuwen, peering furiously at him. "It ain't your business, y'know, if we were a pair, stranger. Let's just get these months over with."

A pair? Like, romantically? With Yamato? Who knows, it's too early to tell, but the obviously xenophobe against Tengu, the idea of her having a Tengu as a romantic interest was pretty laughable. But if it bothered Fortune, then, why not just play it up? She'd have to ask Yamato is he was okay with it, sometime in private of course. She also wondered briefly if he would have wanted a more peaceful guild life, but, it was going to be pretty impossible to keep inter-guild relations at a positive. And this Yuwen thought he could make some amazing guild? Hyuna could hardly trust any of them to even sleep easily in the same area, and she was sure the others were wary of her sneaking in to slit their throats at night too.

Her ears pricked up at the thought of heading down south to Jiefong, though. It's been a long time since her father had shown her there, and she wondered what old enemies she'd have to meet up with there, if there were any. She didn't know if she hoped for enemies or not, at this point. But as long as she had the ashen-winged Tengu, the two of them could defeat any other pair if warriors. In this, she was fiercely confident.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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Yamato sighed, Hyuna was very worked up over Fortune and his opinion. "They many not want our help and should that be the case, then we won't help them. We can travel with them, share in the riches to be gained, but on the battle field we leave them to their own devices."

Truthfully, he only wanted to get out of this town and let his arm heal. No one seemed to be in a hurry though as one by one they signed on to Fortune's guild. A Guild, another group of people with a similar goal. Maybe this one would have a similar outcome as well? Would he be the only one left standing when push came to shove? So many personalities clashing, it seemed inevitable. He would make sure he wasn't defeated, he'd learn their secrets, gain their trust and one day, if it came down to it, burry their bodies or scatter their ashes. It was at this point he recalled Yuwen's question, "I'm Yamato Hibiki. Head of the Hibiki Clan, and its only surviving member." He flashed a cold grin.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-17 20:04:20, as written by Nulix
Yuwen cooly took Malao's hand in his and scribbled down a signature. With a wink he wrapped the scroll up. "Welcome to the Guild," He said to the man with a smile. He flung around to the rest of the group. "Alright team! With that the Great Guild is assembled!" He exclaimed loudly. "Get yourself some food and we'll regroup at the docks in an hour," Yuwen said as he jumped off of the boulder he'd stood on to add to his height and flung a pair of wood framed tinted-glasses on. "And trust me," He added with a smile. "We'll be doing lots of jobs and missions... but what we're going after in the end will make you all rich beyond your wildest dreams." He gave an eager nod at the group before continuing on toward a side-street...

***

Jensu looked down in horror as the fish-beast curled up. "Oh god," She exclaimed, kicking the creature lightly to see if he died. "Mohan!" She exclaimed, calling for her Oni first-mate. "Quickly! We have to get him below deck..." She glanced down at Keeflo and swallowed. "He needs rest... and he needs to hide."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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"Well...anyone else hungry?" Suiken asked, as Yuwen began to stride off. "Perhaps in addition to food, we can gather supplies for our journey."

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"Ah, that reminds me. I have to get more thread," Lo-muna muttered upon hearing the oni's remark about supplies. She could already tell where the jacket was wearing thin and knew a journey would shred it into pieces if she didn't repair it. Stitches already made up a majority of the design.

Digging into the bag, Lo-muna could feel where the hidden coins lay. They were stitched under a panel of the same material making up the interior of the bag and were secured by buttons on the underside of the panel. Peeling away the panel revealed her hidden reserve of coins for cases of thievery or just plain carelessness. Of course, the amount that could be hidden away was limited. Only two glittering coins showed in the dim light and Lo-muna secured them in her hand.

"Excuse me," Lo-muna said as she walked up to the monkey beast-man, her gaze directly on him. While a confrontation was not something she wanted at the moment, Lo-muna knew she had to at least try to get her coin purse back. The spool of thread, that particular gray that matched the material she wore, was still within the bag. That, and coins would make things a little less stressful considering they had already run into the law tonight. She wasn't keen on another run in.

"Don't mean to intrude, I'm sure you have other monkey business to attend to, but I need my purse back," she began, glad there was only about an inch difference in height. Of course, her ears made her taller but she never really counted them. "Two of your friends played the sentimental trick on me and made off with my coins. That, and I'm afraid the last spool of thread I had to repair this jacket. I would like the coin purse, with the coins in it, and my spool of thread back. Or at least the thread. Either way, I will be recovering those items but I thought the diplomatic route would be appropriate as a first move."

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Time was wasting away and as much as Muna wanted to get that thread back, there were still two coins in her hand. There were distractions about anyway and most of the group had already wandered off. Not only that, but she had missed a chance to tend to the orca beast-man. He still had the key, and the chest, and Lo-muna did not think the responsibility was his to bear. He clearly didn't have the strength for it, as the ogre had proven by her ranting, and thus she judged him as a weaker member of the group. A member who would need watching over, Lo-muna making a note to pick up some medicine or bandages at least. A member who should never have been entrusted with such delicate cargo.

"Actually, sorry to interrupt," Lo-muna began, resuming her attention on the monkey beast-man, talking quickly again. "But we only have so much time and I'm sure you don't want to bother with retrieving my things, even if they are somewhat necessary at the moment. Value diminishes over time after all! And they can easily be retrieved as I mentioned before. I just wanted to take this route since we'll be allies for the next three months."

She smiled sweetly, "A thief stealing from a thief, interesting isn't it? Well, excuse me!"

With that, Lo-muna bounded off, wondering if there were any other items that would work group wise. Two coins by themselves would not gain much but Lo-muna was very good at haggling. Admittedly some of her ways were a bit... controversial but that was besides the point. Bartering was an option considering the inventions she had been working on, like the fireworks she had sold at the festival. Stealing, stealing was a last resort. Just as she could ward off the darkness with a candle, she could resist the temptation to filch what she could. They had just had a clean break although admittedly, Lo-muna thought with a frown, she would have to keep a close eye on Fortune.

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Lo-muna, like the responsible and not-criminal she was, had stopped at a shop not too far from the bakery to engage in a negotiation.

"And as you can see, as soon as you press the button to open the box, the cat presses the button to close it again!" she exclaimed as the wooden toy in her hand did just that. The shopkeeper stared at the crudely made trinket, unimpressed with the design.

"That is very great, but how exactly would I sell this in a medicine shop?" she asked with a grunt. "And you said cat. There's a rabbit inside."

"Hmm, not interested either? Maybe I should market this elsewhere," Lo-muna responded as she put the toy away. She dug into her bag again and this time, pulled out a small jar with strange looking leaves and fruits inside. The shopkeeper's eyes widened and as she reached out for the jar, Lo-muna pulled it back with a small smile. "I'm afraid a deal must be struck first."

"Those are.. those are.. How did you acquire them? The place, it's full of dangers and-"

"I just need supplies for my friends, please ma'm. How about that deal?"

The old woman nodded, quickly getting together what the rabbit girl had requested of her. The smile never faded from the girl's face, even as the shopkeeper took the jar from her hands, and the rabbit girl left the shop humming rather loudly. Even as her ears moved in accordance to the sound of the crowd there was no awareness of the danger that was following. The old woman watched as the rabbit beast-man took a left and merged into the crowd. It was only then that the old woman could inspect the small jar with the rare items preserved inside.

"Just how much bloodshed did she encounter?" the old woman whispered before the door opened once more to admit a new stranger into her tiny world....

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi

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Once the ringing had stopped, the shopkeeper finally inspected the bright red leaves at the end of the tweezers, muttering, "Just a minute young man..."

She paused and her brows furrowed in obvious confusion. Then, with tentative hands, she touched the red leaves. The pale face reddened and with a decisive throw, tweezers and leaves flew past the white-cloaked figure.

"Fakes!" the old shopkeeper screeched, banging her fists upon the table. The small jar jumped and a clattering could be heard from within. The shopkeeper looked up at the mystery man and with reckless abandon, dived into the jar to the very bottom where a key lay. It was made of solid gold but plain otherwise.

"A key but no lock, great," she grumbled sarcastically as she threw the key on the counter. "What am I supposed to do with this!?"

~*~

"Oh hello!" Lo-muna said brightly as she joined her comrades on the dock, giving an especially warm smile to Yuwen. "An hour flows by really fast, doesn't it? I hope none of you had trouble finding what you needed?"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi

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Malao


Malao smiled at the Fortune, showing his appreciation. He was about to walk away when he was approached by a the Rabbit girl. She talked to him about some thread or something, but it was hard for Malao to follow because he was already thinking about what he would have to tell the others (Monkeys). Soon enough she was off on her own business. She seemed nice. Before anything else happened, he leaped off to the forest.

After a bit, already retrieving the sack, Malao was surrounded by hundreds of Monkeys. He explained to them that he was ready to go and it was time for him to leave this place. They seemed sad, but to this surprise, were actually expecting this. They gave him a salute and he was off to the meet up place.

Surprisingly enough, all of the monkeys had decided to stay. He would be going alone. Well, not really alone, he would have the guild, but he didn't know any of them. And if he was to be honest with himself.......he was scared. He had never been alone....or maybe he had. He wasn't a monkey, so he never truly had a true connection with one, and he wasn't really human either, ao no connection there. Except for maybe Renka.....huh. He hadn't thought about her in forever. Weird.

Malao never really needed anything, all he had was his sack of stolen items he wanted to give back to the guild. Before he got to the meeting place, he remembered what the Rabbit-Girl said and he dug through his bag. He found an tem that seemed to be thread, so he pocketed it.

He came upon his Guildmates. He threw the bag on the ground in front of them. "There is a bunch of money and jewelry and other shiny stuff in there, anyone can help themselves. Though, I think some of the money belongs to different people in the guild." He said.

He then approached Lo-Muna and handed her the thread. "Was this what you were talking about?"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi

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#2013-09-19 17:54:39, as written by Nulix
A sinister hand slammed down on the counter, grabbing the key. "I'll take it..." The man whispered...

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As the bells rang Yuwen sat and waited, still starring up at the seagulls above with his arms stretched out across the top of the bench. And though he did not seem nervous or afraid to the common man or woman walking past, inside he was very much unsure. The bells stopped, and he was still alone. Suddenly in the distance he spotted something, a figure towering forward through the dock workers. Illyria. He rose his head upward at the sight.

From the top of an wooden storage house painted in worn green another figure landed lightly before sliding toward them. Hyuna had come too, though her Tengu was nowhere in sight. "Yamato will be late." She called out, stopping short from joining the two. "He has to go pick up some of his things before we head out." Yuwen smirked as she began to munch on some sort of sweet.

"Oh hello!" The soft voice of Lo-muna called out. Yuwen turned next to the rabbit-girl, who seemed to smile especially at him. "An hour flows by really fast, doesn't it? I hope none of you had trouble finding what you needed?"

Yuwen carefully pulled his glasses off and gave her a half-wink before turning to the rest of them. A smile was plastered on his face, and his eyes were slightly red... as though they'd been teared up by happiness. "...I can't believe you guys came," He admitted after a moment, in the softest voice he'd ever use. He turned from Illyria to Hyuna to Lo-muna. "Thanks."

Suddenly a bag was flung onto the ground between them, at Yuwen's feet. "There is a bunch of money and jewelry and other shiny stuff in there, anyone can help themselves. Though, I think some of the money belongs to different people in the guild." The friendly voice of an approaching Malao said as he stepped forward. "Malao!" Yuwen exclaimed, flipping his tinted glasses back-on and hiding his eyes between a wall of dark-amber. "Good to see you, my friend." Emphasis on the friend.

Suddenly Yuwen's gaze was caught by Suiken giving him a wave, Suna and a killer whale Beast-man with him. "I heard you were offering a way to get out of trouble in exchange for joining a guild," The Orca said as the trio approached. "Can you tell me more about this, sir?"

"Uh, basically any arrests relating to the attacks last night have yet to be declared national issues, thus are still regional," Yuwen began, trying to explain as best he could. "If you're in a noble endorsed Guild it is illegal for any law enforcer without absolute authority to arrest you without a trial, because it's taking money away from some noble, is the theory... and any trial relating to the events of last night we'll win, because we saved the village." He paused and leaned forward to the man. "...listen, I don't know what type of trouble you're in but I know the law. And I know how to use it to pummel my enemies into the ground. I cannot guarantee an outcome, but I can guarantee to try. If you're hunted, its better to be hunted together then alone." He gave a bow to the Orca. "Yuwen Fortune, by the way."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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Ann's eyes drifted back to the scene of the massacre. Nameless as they were to her, they were all alive at one point, each with their own stories to tell and relationships to hold, until they met their fate this day. A child was sitting over one of the corpses, head lowered and body quivering. Ann knelt down by her and lifted her hand, holding it warmly in her own. The girl let out shuddering breaths, faint tears staining her face. She felt the child's fingers tightening around her own, her eyes closed, unable to bear the truth any longer. Ann wrapped her arms around her in a gentle embrace, humming softly in her ear. She remembered that someone had done this for in the past at some point in her life, but it was all lost in a haze. All she recalled was that she was alone and afraid, succumbing to despair in a strange and terrifying world that seemed all to alien to her, tears in her eyes. A silhouette appeared before her and took her hand, an angelic smiled adorned on her face as she sang that same, haunting melody. Ann slowly opened her eyes.

What am I doing?

Ann took another bite from the apple in her hand, one leg folded neatly over the other with her eyes fixed nowhere in particular. She'd bought some rations, but that was the extent of her purchases. She'd wandered around through some of the equipment shops, but couldn't find anything to her liking and left without buying anything. Prior to that, she'd removed all of the blood stains that had been left on her clothes from the fight in the town square. She took another hearty munch. When it was down to the core, she tossed it into a waste bin and rose from the bench she'd been resting on for the past half-hour or so, dusting herself off.

As the sound of the town's bell reached her ears, she began making her way back. Several people had already gotten there before her, it seemed. And it just so happened that the girl from earlier was now following closely behind her, tugging onto the hem of her shirt as she walked. She hadn't said anything at all, simply pacing Ann's steps all the way until she'd hit the docks. She presumed that the girl didn't have anywhere else to go and was now looking to her to figure something out. Whether or not she could actually help was beyond her jurisdiction. Yuwen would probably have to settle the matter himself.

Ann placed her hand against the girl's back and lightly pushed her forward in front of him. She sported light brown hair that straightened out down to her waist and had pale blue eyes. She looked to be around ten years old. The girl avoided eye contact, her back slightly bent and her head turned away. If the crowd wasn't making her nervous, the towering armored giant was just as good of a guess.

"Room for one more?" Ann simply asked.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Having eaten his fill of fresh pork buns, Suiken had spent the rest of his coin on various supplies and necessities for the journey before heading for the docks, passing by an extraordinarily sinister looking cloaked individual. Once there he saw that some of the others had already gathered there, including the orca beast man, so that was one more to their number. He couldn't help but be a bit concerned, when Ann brought what appeared to be a child along with them.

"I don't believe that such a potentially dangerous journey such as ours is any place for a kid," he began, warily eying Yamato and the half-ashura before shrugging. "Eh, but it's not my place to decide. I only say that if you care for the safety of this child, having her join us may not be the best of options."

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"Oh no you won't!" the shopkeeper exclaimed as she grabbed the man's arm. "That rat walked out of here with nearly a hundred coin's worth of merchandise and I am not about to let some ruffian take the only valuable thing she left! I could easily sell this key for at least half of what she took! I...! I..."

She paused as something in the jar caught her eye. When she had reached into the jar, some of the leaves and plants had been thrown around due to her hastiness. This allowed her to see a bright yellow flower with three petals among the fake foliage. The shopkeeper knew this was a rare plant used for certain cures of possibly deadly illnesses. The flower certainly seemed real with a sort of softness and vitality the other plants didn't have. It was worth a considerable amount considering it only bloomed in an area very few returned from...

"I've already been fooled once," the shopkeeper snapped as she held onto the hooded man's arm. "You want the key? Pay for it then. At least a hundred coins!"

~*~

Lo-muna turned to monkey-boy and brightened up considerable when she saw the thread in his hands.

"Oh thank you!" she exclaimed as she carefully took it off his hands. "Ah, you have no idea how difficult it is to find this particular shade! Thank you very much, you're very kind!"

More of the guild came and Lo-muna pulled out a piece of string to secure the spool around her neck. She turned her attention to the arriving members and seemed startled to see a child brought along.

"It is a very dangerous journey," Lo-muna agreed with the oni. "I don't believe a child should be exposed to such an unstable environment.."

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Ann shrugged in response to the statements made by the oni and beast-woman.

"The girl decided on her own. It wasn't my intention to bring her along, but I don't think she has anywhere else to go. If she does end up coming along, I wouldn't mind taking care of her. If she's not coming, then, well, I suppose that's that." She crammed her hands into her pockets and looked down at the child. "Understand?" A small nod.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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#2013-09-19 20:51:18, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


It wasn't long until a few others showed up, like Monkey King, surrendering a bag full of things he most likely stole himself in the first place. She gave him a little, neutral nod, unsure what to think of it. Then, it was rabbit-girl, the best looking out of the beast-men, in Hyuna's own opinion. There was some kind of dignified inherent cuteness in the woman's features and size, and, well, for Hyuna, it was pretty hard to stop staring. She only managed it when Razul appeared, toting along a young child, as well as the hypocritical Oni came, inviting that orca... that damned Orca from before, who stole the chest! Didn't anyone care about that in the least?

"Hey." Hyuna snarled angrily in the direction of the orca. "What'd you do to the chest? Why'd you steal it?" She approached him threateningly, not quite pulling out her new and maintained spear, but making it sure that she could have it out in a flash. "If anything, that chest belongs to us all, you damned water monster thing!"

Still, on the other hand, she was strangely ambivalent to the child being there, telling her that it was her choice if she wanted to take the risk of joining them.

"I won't protect you." She said, shrugging, after making sure the orca knew that he wasn't trusted here. "But there's no reason why you can't come, right? It's your life, after all, kid."

She fished out a treat, scowling at Yuwen who had the misfortune of talking right before she did, and tossed it towards the girl. A small form of charity, she supposed. Maybe karma would grant her with everyone's death, so she and Yamato could escape the binding contract. She sighed and fidgeted slightly, feeling a little exposed and vulnerable in the wake of the giant Illyria, without her Master at her side.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Keeflo listened as Fortune explained how the guild worked as an escape from the law. If he had been like the other people here, his problems would be solved. But he had more problems than that. Did he dare ask a question that pertained to his personal circumstances?

"Hey." the spear girl snarled angrily. "What'd you do to the chest? Why'd you steal it?" She approached him threateningly, not quite pulling out her new and maintained spear, but making it sure that she could have it out in a flash. "If anything, that chest belongs to us all, you damned water monster thing!"

Keeflo tensed under the sudden verbal attack, ready to the fight to turn physical. This girl seemed to be as safe as a swarm of sharks. Although Keeflo was taller, heavier, and likely stronger, he had far les fighting experience.

"Woah, woah! Settle down, kid," the oni storyteller said. "That treasure never belonged to us, for one thing. It belonged to the town, which may need such a treasure to cover the expenses of the damages it took during the tengu attack. Going around and pointing fingers just breeds too much unnecessary conflict and not enough actual answers, so how about calming down and letting the beast-man explain himself, eh?"

The orca beast-man in question nodded gratefully to Suiken. "I brought the chest to the Mayor. Then some guard took it away. I don't know where it is now. The guard... he... recognized me, so I fled and didn't challenge his possession of the chest." Deciding to risk his freedom, Keeflo continued, "Some of you may have seen wanted signs for an escaped orca beast man slave. Sir," he said, turning to Yuwen Fortune, "If I joined your guild, could you guarantee my freedom?"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-19 23:00:41, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


"That treasure never belonged to us, for one thing. It belonged to the town, which may need such a treasure to cover the expenses of the damages it took during the tengu attack." Why even care about the damn town? It's a dump full of boring worthless people that didn't know how to defend themselves in a fight. Weak, and insignificant. It bugged her to think that anyone would really care for the weak. "Going around and pointing fingers just breeds too much unnecessary conflict and not enough actual answers, so how about calming down and letting the beast-man explain himself, eh?"

She growled when the Oni said his lines, trying to make her seem like a total fool. Hyuna wouldn't have any of that, almost spitting out her next retort, spitefully.

"You know, we're the ones that killed for the treasure." She glared at them all as if to dare them to challenge that fact. "And the town, you know what they did to their saviors? They tried to prosecute us! So, the treasure was rightfully ours, the damned ingrateful Imperials and that bastard Prefect..."

Seriously. Prefect Ro. Just the name pisses her off, and reminds her one of the reasons she liked to fight. To get rid of idiots like that. She'd relish being able to tear his armor off, using her spear, making his worst nightmares come to life with illusions and psychological mindgames; listening to him beg and scream and-

Okay. No, she may be bloodthirsty, but at least she wasn't that far gone. Not like the giantess.

The nameless orca beast-man nodded then, saying something about a guard recognizing it and taking it, when she registered the look of the guy. A strong sturdy frame, intricacies where rubbery flesh molded with human-like skin, the great fins and of course, the ever sharp teeth, enough to grind someone's bones to powder, she figured. And don't forget the large webbed hands, and those stripes...

Fine, she had to admit, although he was different from most beast-kind she's seen, he still looks pretty awesome. And then she snapped back to reality, back into the conversation, and regained her scowl, backing off.

"God, fine, it's the damn Imperials fault." She said in exasperation. "Sorry, Orca, I take that back. Sheesh."

The orca then spoke about the signs of an escaped slave, and that sure sparked Hyuna's attention. Not because of the bounty, but because of the fact that he's an escaped slave. He managed to gather the strength to escape from his bonds. And, don't forget, he's a beast-man, and they're always fun to just stare at and admire how it all goes together. The orca turned to Yuwen and asked, wanting a guarantee of freedom. Hyuna flashed a little grin then, realizing that having a fourth beast-kind, and one that was strong enough to attain some form of freedom, that he was awesome, and that she liked him. At least, a little bit.

"He's in, right, Fortune?" Hyuna demanded. "He seems strong, and plus, he looks cool. The freedom better be guaranteed." She turned back to the beast-man, this time with as close to a sincere face she could make. "Sorry again for just now, Orca."

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After a few tense moments, the old woman reluctantly let go.

"Fine, have the blasted key! Don't even know what it unlocks," the shopkeeper grumbled as she pulled the jar closer. "I have this damn thing anyway. The thing's probably not even real gold anyway."

She started scooping the contents on her desk back into the jar, raising a eyebrow at the hooded man.

"Now get out of my shop! I'm closed... sir."

~*~

"Oh come now, it's probably just nerves isn't it? It is quite stressful being thrust upon such a chaotic situation and with so many new people too!" Lo-muna said reassuringly to Hyuna with a small smile. She glanced at Yuwen and added, "At least she apologized, Fortune. Not many apologize so quickly after realizing the mistake they committed. Although, I really do hope we can avoid such rash confrontations in the future. We can't let the enemies see weak spots in the guild, now can we?"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Yamato rushed to the hotel, and gathered his rucksack and armor. He felt the armor would be easiest to carry if worn, so he put the Obsidian armor on. He caught a glimpse of himself in the mirror, and a surge of pride washed over him. It was a custom suit, devoid of scratches despite its many battles. The near mirror finish allowed his opponents to watch their final moments as he took the lives. The suit had been made just before his uncle turned on him. He'd felt the armor would convince Yamato to renounce his bid for power and see the path to enlightenment. It only furthered his passion for fighting and fueled his aggression. Such a brilliant suit of armor belonged on the battlefield, not on a mannequin.

"Right. Let's get this over with." He attached his katanas and slung the two messenger style packs over each shoulder. One full of the supplies he'd just bought, the other with clothing, extra coin purses, and various other items. He paid the Hotel manager, but kept the key. He'd had a standing deal with the owner, the hotel was a sort of second home for him. He had other deals like this in other towns, but never stayed for long. There was some comfort knowing no one else could use the Hotel's most grand room in such a city as Poyo.

He stopped by the bar he'd been in the night before, and purchased two bottles of their finest Sake and stuffed them into his personal bag. "No need to share this." He chuckled, finally making his way to the docks.


"My apologies for holding you up, supplies took longer than expected and my hotel was slow on letting me check out." He approached Yuwen, "I hope I didn't keep you too long." He held out his hand, a gesture he didn't partake in often. However, he and Yuwen were on the same side, for now, and he knew being Civil would ultimately work in his favor more than usurping power. Not that he wanted the Guild for himself.

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#2013-09-20 03:50:35, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


It was almost like a mini face off between old friends, Yuwen saying that the freedom wasn't guaranteed, Hyuna staring back with narrowed eyes and fire blazing in her eyes. She figured that there'd be many more such standoffs between the two in the future, but knowing Yuwen, he'd use his magic of words to keep her just barely hanging on the edge of actual violence within the guild. If only he could just own up to his mistakes and faults, then maybe they could get along, but to Hyuna, the bastard was like a taunting reminder of the happier days, way back then.

Surprisingly, it was the quaint and eye-drawing (in Hyuna's own prideful opinion) bunny girl who spoke up, breaking the tension between Fortune and Falcon. She looked stressed yet worrying and reassuring all at once; Hyuna's eyes basically glued to the soft quirky features of her. "Oh come now, it's probably just nerves isn't it? It is quite stressful being thrust upon such a chaotic situation and with so many new people too!" Muna offered Hyuna a delicate smile, and kept on talking, "At least she apologized, Fortune. Not many apologize so quickly after realizing the mistake they committed." Honestly, Hyuna wondered if she ever really owned up to her mistakes. Probably very very rarely. Still, she couldn't really think much as her attention and curosity was pinned on Muna. "Although, I really do hope we can avoid such rash confrontations in the future. We can't let the enemies see weak spots in the guild, now can we?"

Hyuna blinked blankly for a few moments, still bristling with anger, but also incredibly confused. Muna didn't like her, did she? Probably thought, along with the other more passive members, that she was just an attention drawer; dumb impulsive muscle? And yet she still defused the situation pretty well, with Hyuna making a soft but surrendering 'hmph' to Yuwen; not giving him the satisfaction of her backing down.

When... Echo decided on his new identity, who was Hyuna to deny him his chance for true freedom? If he wanted to be Echo, he could be echo. And she wouldn't let any damn imperials take away such a cool looking beast-man out of her grasp. It wouldn't surprise her if Ro kept some people trailing the guild, trying to watch if they ever did something that warranted arrest despite the current loophole protection they had. Not like she understood the law, anyways. And as usual, the giantess Illyria just avoided conversation completely. She shrugged her shoulders, wondering if it was really worth it to try and get on her good side. Chances are, Illyria didn't have a damn good side. Just a murderous brute, perhaps.

"Thanks, Muna." Hyuna said quietly to herself, before slightly panicking. "I mean- not like I couldn't handle Fortune on my own, it's- oh, whatever, nevermind."

She brightened considerably, at least, when Yamato joined them, completing their guild. She quickly gestured to Echo, introducing them to each other, before subconsciously drifting closer to the ashen-winged Tengu; her mobile comfort zone.

"Got your stuff?" She asked him. "Can you help train my illusions once we find spare time, Yamato?"

She hoped he agreed- she desperately wanted to figure out what her weakness was with the illusions, and how he saw through it instantly. And the sooner she could cover up that unfortunate hole in her main ability, the stronger she'd be against more enemies. The physical aspect could wait- she needed to make her illusions fool-proof, and indistinguishable from reality. And once she could do that, she'd be able to use them without any worry of the foe being able to see past it, and just pretending to be fooled; a fatal mistake, if there ever was one. And no way was she going to die like that.

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Yuwen reached out and clasped Yamato's hand in his. "You didn't keep us at all." Yuwen then turned his attention to the young girl who seemed to be with Ann, "Glad to hear it," Yamato muttered under his breath before turing his own attention to his fiery apprentice. Who introduced him to the Ocra-human, Echo. "Ah yes, the one who managed to escape with the chest after the battle. Clever, you are. I trust you hid it someplace safe?" He joked, as Yuwen made his way over to talk to Echo.

Hyuna smiled up at him, "Got your stuff?" She asked him. "Can you help train my illusions once we find spare time, Yamato?" He smiled, he could tell she'd been eating the sweets they bought and by the look in her eyes, she'd been confrontational, but had calmed down before he'd gotten there. " Everything seems to be here yes, and every opportunity we have will be spent training. The only way to make sure we are on top of our enemies is to train ever, using your chi will take a lot of energy. To counter that, we will need to work on stamina. We could both serve to gain from increased chi flow. When we get settled on the boat, we will start your training."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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#2013-09-20 21:44:37, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


Hyuna viewed Millie and Razul chatting together somewhat wistfully. Millie, the little girl, she was so innocent. So naïve. Something oddly precious in this world, and it'd be nice to have her along, she figured; it's not like anyone's let her die except for Illyria. Hyuna figured she needed to be more honest about how she feels instead of just blurting out random things to try and look tough. But, well, maybe a tough front would be great just about now. Better not look weak in front of anyone here, especially Master. She had to make him proud of her; make him glad that he decided to take her in. There's no way he'd regret it, that's for sure.

The person in question, Master, he asked Echo what happened to the chest, accusing him with a little joke, and Hyuna quickly nudged the ashen-winged Tengu.

"The Imperials took the chest, Master." She explained. "Not Echo's fault, right?"

Then Yamato attended to her query of training. "Everything seems to be here yes, and every opportunity we have will be spent training." That made Hyuna grin. Every opportunity spent training? So, she'd be able to work off her pent up frustration, as well as improve at the same time. She knew it'd put her in a better mood if she could train, and maybe she wouldn't start fights all the time, with pretty much everyone. "The only way to make sure we are on top of our enemies is to train ever, using your chi will take a lot of energy. To counter that, we will need to work on stamina. We could both serve to gain from increased chi flow. When we get settled on the boat, we will start your training."

It sounded like things were beginning to pick up, and she gratefully edged a little closer to Yamato, knowing that it wouldn't be too long until she could be facing off against him again, in a fair training match, perhaps. She made a mental note to remember to keep a strong grip on the spear rather than the loose one she usually used for spinning it with flair- the stronger the grip, maybe Yamato wouldn't be able to use his chi to rip it out of her grasp again. She flexed her fingers, wishing she could've had stronger muscles at the very least.

Hyuna then rested her gaze on the pleasant on the eyes bunny girl. Seriously, why couldn't she stop staring at Muna? If Muna had noticed, she'd probably think Hyuna as some creep, or something. Something she hoped wouldn't happen- she actually did want to get closer to the eye catching rabbit.

"-...blackmail her? Entice her somehow?"

She turned her attention to Yuwen, who was discussing guild stuff with the damned "I'm better than you" Oni. And, well, Fortune himself was asking about ways to make someone do what they wanted... that goblin woman from the night before. Apparently she had a boat; go figure, right? And of course Yuwen would want to take that advantage. A boat makes for generally quick passage into Jiefong, after all. The conversation turned, and answered the question: Her mother was kidnapped, and, well, she wanted to save her. But how could they? No one could possibly know who had- of course, right on cue, Yuwen went closer to the docks, screaming 'goblin, goblin' at the top of his lungs until the goblin finally hailed him and docked the boat once again. Hyuna couldn't help but roll her eyes scornfully. The goblin was totally going to sucker for Yuwen's oratory skills, it was already guaranteed the moment she decided to listen to him.

Seriously. And as the boat neared them, and when Yuwen jumped off to greet his guild, the boat was already theirs for the taking. And Hyuna couldn't do anything but wonder: how much of an idiot was that goblin?

Before entering the boat, she stopped in front of Yuwen, suspiciously leering at him.

"So, how'd you do it?" She murmured. "What was the bait for this sucker, Yuwen?"

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Keeflo

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"If anything, we could send someone back to deliver the item if it is so pressing. A messanger gets a job and your conscience is relieved. Both parties benefit. I'm sure they'll understand either way." Lo-muna assured Keeflo with a charming smile as she came onboard the ship. She took in the details of the vessel before scrunching her nose slightly and muttering quietly, "Charming little thing, isn't it?"

The others were coming on board and all seeking room on the ship. Lo-muna stayed near the center, the thought of going near the edges making her somewhat anxious. She was more partial to the land than the sea after all. Her ears twitched and she started tapping her foot lightly, a restlessness beginning to show. Otherwise, her features remained calm and if she spoke, it would be as bright and even as before. Lo-muna doubted anyone would even notice her uneasiness unless they had been watching her closely, unaware she was already caught in someone's sights...

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-21 06:25:47, as written by Nulix
Captain Jensu watched as the Great Guild members began to board onto her small ship. She recognized a fair amount of them from the festival the night before, a festival she'd heard had gone fairly wrong after she'd blacked out in her mother's house. And she was willing to bet that the Great Guild had something to do with it.

"So what happened exactly, Fortune?" Jensu called as she steppe down from the wheel and strode across the deck to the man. "Tengu attacked the tower," Yuwen replied as he helped Lo-muna aboard. "We stopped them but were accused of participating in the attack so to escape the law they joined... I know how to exploit loopholes."

"I'm sure you do," Jensu muttered before stepping forward in front of everyone. She stuck two fingers in her mouth and gave a loud whistle, causing everyone to turn to her. "Alright everyone, welcome to the Milkweed," She began slowly. "Now this is a cargo vessel, and it's got six rooms in the hull. Two are bedrooms, the Captain's quarters and Mohan's. One is a bathroom, and the other three are storage hulls. One of them's full so you'll have to divide the other two for yourself."

"Do you have hammocks or something?" Yuwen asked.

"Hammocks, sheets, and covers," Jensu replied. "I'm sure you'll be able to fix something up. Now sailing down rivers is dangerous so that brings us to the rules. One, don't disturb the Captain. And I'm the Captain. Two, don't take any of the Captain's food or especially drink without asking. That means that-" She pointed her green finger toward a large pile of drinks on the outdoor table. "Is off-limits. Is that understood?"

"Yes ma'am," Yuwen said under his breath.

"Alright. Jiefong is about two days away, the mountains about one. One we hit the mountain river pass we have to be careful, it's bandit country," Jensu continued. "Again, I'm the Captain. That's the first mate, Mohan." She nodded her head toward a large, shirtless fire-oni with white skin, large, wild red hairs and beard. His eyes were blue and very tired. "Welcome to the Milkweed." With that she gave another whistle, signalling them to dismiss.

"Oh boy," Yuwen muttered to the team as Mohan went to the sails and Jensu grabbed a bottle from the table. "Sailors are always a bit strict..."

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Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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#2013-09-21 18:34:17, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


The slavers matter side, this was getting ridiculous. Hyuna couldn't even focus during the Captain's whole speech, only really noticing that they would have to split up rooms. How would it work, split by sex, men in one, and the women in the other? Hyuna wasn't exactly sure she wanted to sleep in the same room as the Giantess, eyeing her uncomfortably. It was a shock, though, when Illyria opened her pouch and took out a sweet to punch on, a lightly blissful look under the face that hardly gets to be out from under that odious helmet. Maybe, just maybe, they could bond over sweets. Hyuna still had a couple, enough to last a day until the mountains, essentially. She wondered if she'd offer them; what the hell would the Giantess do? Accept it like before? Grab her by the throat and crush her under her feet? Both options seemed equally likely.

Here goes nuthin'

"Hey, Illyria, do you want-"

Hyuna chickened out at the last second, side-stepping the giant as her eyes caught, once again onto the damned bunny girl. Muna, Muna. Why couldn't she look away from the bunny, ever? Sure, she was a beast-man, but the admiration of beast-men never reached this extent; this quasi-obsession. What's going on? Hyuna has no idea, and it bugs her. This strange feeling she gets when looking at the frail yet compact rabbit; the mix of cuteness and grace on those soft bodily features of hers. And it wasn't just that rabbits were awesome- they were, obviously, but that's got nothing to do with it. Not as if she hasn't ever seen rabbit beast-men before, and those times never activated this strong... reaction? Is that the word?

She'd had enough. Hyuna couldn't fight in this condition, if she kept being distracted by Muna. In one swift motion, she somewhat glided her way over to Muna, trying to look serious and threatening but only coming across as awkward and insecure. She fidgeted and twitched at the thought of the bunny looking over at her, but it was too late to really do anything about it. The Falcon had already descended upon the Rabbit.

"Uh- M... Muna, you..." She frowned distastefully. Why, all of a sudden, did her nerves fail? She couldn't manage to talk to the Ashura, and now she was floundering helplessly in front of the rabbit girl. "Why can't... I, oh, whatever! Nevermind! Screw it!"

She stormed off sourly, returning to Yamato's side, his face already indicating that he knew what the training would be. First, though, she had to ask him the most pressing question of all.

"Master." She mumbled, looking at her feet with feigned interest. "Is... is there, er, a type of chi that can draw someone's attention towards you?" She hoped he didn't know exactly why she was asking, but, perhaps he already knew. Yamato was smart like that; he's Master, after all. "It'd be pretty useful in combat... and.... yeah."

She faintly realized that if the storerooms would be separated by sex, she'd have to be in the same room as that terrible bunny. In that case, the chance of really getting any sleep was pretty much null. Hyuna groaned internally to herself. She was angry. She wanted to hurry up and slaughter the slavers, already. The day couldn't be over soon enough.

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Lo-muna watched, bewildered, as Hyuna walked away in a fluster. The rabbit-girl hadn't even been given a chance to produce and adequate lead into the conversation the girl had obviously wanted. Still, she smiled in amusement at the girl's frustration. She was interesting, though, someone who would still lead themselves into trouble. The last thing Lo-muna wanted was anyone in the guild to be injured.

Once Lo-muna saw that Hyuna was safely secured by Yamato's side, well perhaps safely was a stretch of a word, the rabbit resumed her observation of the others. They would be sharing rooms and the last thing she wanted was conflict when they were supposed to be resting. However, a mixture of the more passive members with the active could prove beneficial.

"How exactly are we going to divide the rooms?" she asked of Yuwen, slightly concerned. "We have what, eleven members so far?"

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#2013-09-21 20:48:46, as written by Nulix
With the members aboard the Milkweed was off down the massive river. It swerved through the docks of Poyo, carefully maneuvering around the gargantuan sea-bound ships that surrounded it until at last it escaped the fray - the river all that was before them. On the port side the wall of Poyo stretched passed them and was soon replaced by open farmland and patches of forest in between. "A beautiful blue-sky, wouldn't you say Mister Mohan?" The goblin captain called to her first mate as they sailed.

"Indeed ma'am!" The Oni first mate replied as he tightened ropes at the mast. They began to move swiftly up the waters, and at the front of the ship leaning on the railing was Yuwen, his eyes wide as he took in the land before him. The coast of the river: the animals, the forest. He'd never traveled to Jiefong by boat before. It was a different way to see things. "How exactly are we going to divide the rooms?" A high-pitched voice called. Yuwen glanced back to see Lo-muna approached, a worried expression on her face. "We have what, eleven members so far?"

"...Well I was sort of assuming I'd get one room and the rest of you cram in the other," Yuwen replied dismissively. He held it for a second before smiling. "I don't know," He shrugged. "We could divide it by boys and girls. Did you have an idea in mind?" Yuwen questioned as he patted the railing beside him, hoping she'd join him watching. "This is really cool... just seeing the world," He said, glancing over at a passing field where muddied children ran with their mother and a fish they'd caught. "It's peaceful."

From the mast the white-skinned fire-oni Mohan leaned back and watched the scene. "They're quite irritating, aren't they?" He commented to the half-ashura resting against the mast...

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Millie was now on the ground beside Ann, holding tightly onto her hand. The girl seemed captivated by the scenery as they traversed up the stream. She overheard the conversation between Lo-Muna and Yuwen and looked down at the girl. Guess Millie wouldn’t really be worried about going inside right now she supposed.

“Is this your first time on a boat?” Ann asked.

“This is my first time out of town,” was the distant reply, her eyes still fixed forward as she observed the river bank with silent but clear enthusiasm. “It’s really pretty outside, isn’t it?”

“It gets better,” she smiled, bringing her in a little closer. “In other places, the life around you can be so vibrant and dazzling that you’d think you were in another world.” She paused a moment, one hand gripping the edge of the boat as she looked out along side Millie. “Maybe the idea isn’t so far-fetched. Or perhaps premature? The world is so big, I’m sure there are many more sights to see and things to learn that we couldn’t have possibly imagined would exist. But sometimes…I’m a little worried that the world might be too big.”

“What do you mean by that?”

“Because then I’ll have a hard time finding what I’m looking for,” Ann sighed, now turning around and leaning against the side instead of facing toward it. The blue oni seemed present with them as well, singing to the beat of his drums. Millie’s attention was drawn away, shifting to Suiken as he played his instruments. She seemed enraptured by the performance, applauding when he had gone through several more songs.

"Been a while since I traveled in a group..." the oni said.

“That’s a shame,” Ann replied without looking in his direction. “You seem to be the kind to enjoy company, are you not?” Otherwise, who would listen to his music, after all? She tossed a few coins in his direction. “I can’t say I’m particularly one for music…” she started, glancing down at a delighted Millie, “but our little friend here seemed to enjoy your performance.”

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Lo-muna smiled sweetly and then, with great caution, took up a spot beside Yuwen with her hands gripping the rail a tad too tightly. Her eyes took in the scenery as they passed by, gaze locked onto the earth.

"The simplicity of it all is stunning. The calm, the peace, they were always my favourite part of travelling. Allowed me more time to work," Lo-muna said with a small chuckle. "What about you, Fortune? You seem to be a man of the world. What is it that entices you the most? Or is your last name a sufficient answer?"

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#2013-09-22 05:38:42, as written by Nulix
"Well I like being called a man of the world," Yuwen replied with a large smile. He had a very good smile. "For me life's just about having a good time, and being who you want to be... I want to be a hero..." He leaned out over the railing and began to drum the wood of the boat restlessly with his palms. "I just can't live bored. I need change, I need something new to get my heart racing.. I want to be free to have fun, to do whatever it is I want to do whenever I want to do. And money is that freeing factor, in the end. Money and the courage to take risks..."

Yuwen paused, as though lost in his own thoughts for a moment, before glancing back to Lo-muna. He shrugged. "I want to have fun, and there are a lot of things that contribute to having fun. Money is a big one of them." He settled on at last. "Of course its not the only thing..."

At the wheel Jensu squinted on the horizon where grey clouds were forming...

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"Hmm, I certainly have a few fun things in mind," Lo-muna replied distractedly, reaching over as though to brush something off of Yuwen's sleeve despite nothing being there. Her hand lingered for a second before drawing it back calmly. "Adventure, excitement, you certainly are an interesting man, Yuwen. Seems like I made the right choice signing up for your guild."

She smiled sweetly before a slight breeze blew past them, her nose picking up an odd scent. Her ears flattened against her head and she frowned, "Seems like the day won't remain sunny. Shame..."

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#2013-09-22 07:06:37, as written by Nulix
Yuwen wrapped himself in his green, velvet cloak as the winds picked up and a coldness grew over the world as the sun disappeared behind the clouds. "That overcast looks pretty bad," Yuwen muttered. He glanced off the port and starboard sides and saw only trees aligning the wide open river. "Maybe we'll reach a village or something. The Milkweed will get pretty thrashed around in a storm..." He muttered, before giving her a smile. "...Who are you exactly?" He began while huddling inside his cloak. "You seem good, which is more then I can say for some members of the guild, but there's something off about you... something odd." He circled her and leaned on the railing, looking up at the sky as if to think of another descriptive term. "There's something dangerous... you know you're pretty enough, you know how to be fast, a combination usually reserved for spies or thieves, and yet you seem to be morally centred." He leaned toward her. "So tell me exactly who you are?"

Mohan stood like a silent statue waiting for the Ashuran-Human to respond, but got nothing but a scowl. He did not reply, simply looking away at the sea and continuing to stand beside her at the mast as to respond to the captain's commands when they came. At the wheel Jensu held her hat as the wind set in. "I don't like that overcast," She muttered as she began to step down the steps toward the deck. "If there's a storm coming we've got to get off the Gan and onto one of the smaller rivers. Maybe find a town," She called to whatever member of the Guild was listening. "Any of you know this area well?"

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"Who I am?" Lo-muna repeated with an amused look on her face. "Well, handsome and smart. Aren't I just a lucky rabbit to have such an observant partner in conversation?"

She let go of the railing slowly, deciding to stand face-to-face if she was going to have this conversation. A chill descended upon her skin and Lo-muna shivered a little, wondering if the jacket had finally grown too thin.

Her back straightened and their eyes met as she replied in a clear voice, "I am simply a product of this world Fortune. I'm a rabbit who runs into the hole at the first sign of danger for the hole is safety to the rabbit. I am a friend to many and an aid to all. I am not a beast-men of the past, but an ally to you in the present. A thinker, and a traveller. The only time I am dangerous is when I face my enemies although I will not deny I am odd. It only adds to my inventions after all."

Another smile, charming and sweet.

"Like you, I have gained much experience during my short lifespan. There are certain lessons the world gives to all and like most, I have learned them in both good and bad ways. I had a companion who experienced much of it and spared me some pain, but for who I am indebted to because of his sacrifice to create such a morally centered, as you call it, being. I am sure you have encountered such companions yourself although, it seems the one I have met is not entirely pleased by what transpired between the two of you," Lo-muna stated, referring to Hyuna. "Though you do seem to have a way with females that I am sure will change that."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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#2013-09-22 08:27:00, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


So damn embarrassing. Did he notice her aside glances at the damned Muna every few seconds, perhaps? If so, what did that say about her? It had to be a weakness, to be culled in by a beast-man of that calibre; a terrible worthless weakness that was better off being hidden away. Unfortunately, Muna was talking with Fortune... the infuriatingly self-interested man, and a red hot feeling, like a burning poker, stabbed it's way into her. Why did bunny girl have to talk to Fortune? Why couldn't she just walk away and be her picturesque self where Yuwen couldn't grub his greedy eyes onto?

Goddamnit. What was going on? She decided to focus entirely on her Master.

"Chi is the flow of energy that exists between all living things and the earth." Yamato began by explaining the obvious, what pretty much every chi user knew already. She briefly saw a glance of that family she once broke into and stole money from, on her way to damn Poyo in the first place. Weaklings; too weak to defend themselves. Not that they deserved it, but at least try to fight back against your oppressors. "Those of us who can control chi embody it in different ways. I can move objects with thought, you can create illusions. A powerful trick that can be honed to create lifelike illusions you can manipulate as though they are living." The Tengu let out a sigh, as if thinking his answer over in his head. Leaning almost off the edge, Hyuna relished watching the water splash against the sides of the Milkweed, enjoying that calming lapping sound; the faint ocean scent breeching her nose. Yune really was a beautiful place. Why'd it have to be under control of that damned Fat Cat Emperor? "In theory it could be possible to manipulate chi to attract others, preying on their underlying desire for companionship, by tricking them into a false sense of friendship or even love in the case of a very strong chi user. In my experience I've never run across anyone that can manipulate the mind though." So, was that a yes, or a no? To be honest, Hyuna felt some semblance of chi flow coming from Muna, but beyond that, she couldn't tell if it was strong or not at all. It wasn't like Hyuna's own chi flow, which was dynamic and violent, and obvious to anyone attuned to the natural flow of power. Anyone should be able to sense it, really; most likely another weakness. Still, Hyuna considered it with pride; like a status symbol. She's one of the ones whose chi is strong enough to almost be a physical badge for all to see.

Hyuna was distracted again, by Yuwen putting his hands deathfully around Muna's pelvis, and she couldn't help but glare, most likely blocking out the rest of Yamato's explanation. Maybe he noticed, maybe not, but Yuwen then walked closer to her and Yamato. She was angry; she wanted to kill hi- no, maybe not. Killing her old friend was probably a bit much, Hyuna realized, depressed. She hated him, she was annoyed by him, and yet she didn't want him dead. She just wanted him to consider her feelings for once. As if that'd happen; it's a fools hope.

"You two alright?" Yuwen asked, was he mocking her? The winds were picking up, and the small girl had a little trouble regaining her balance back to the inside of the rail, lamenting her size once more, as usual. She frowned at Yuwen's next line. "Careful Hyuna. Love techniques are bad news," He added, overhearing a single line of their conversation as he passed.

Love? Love? Is that what was happening? Hell, no way in hell! Love is stupid, a waste of time, Hyuna'd rather get stabbed in the gut than fall in love with anyone!

"I'm n-not in love with the rabbit, what are you... t-talking... 'bout..." She sputtered defensively, curling into herself and not eyeing either Yuwen or Yamato. "Shut up already! I'm not... I was just asking, okay?"

And as if things couldn't get any worse- it started to rain lightly. The situation was almost comical.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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As the rain began to fall, Lo-muna took off her jacket and bundled it up into a little ball in her arms. The plain, oversized shirt hid what the jacket had made so pronounced and allowed her to feel the coldness it had staved off with its thicker material. Its absence also made her look more fragile, not a trait she was necessarily fond of. Despite this, she chuckled. The conversation with Yuwen had gone well although he had gotten a bit handsy at the end. Perhaps that meant success, but it also meant she was brushing off her hip, as though trying to remove his touch by physical means.

"This storm might end up getting worse," Lo-muna mumbled to herself. The scent of the rain was stronger and the instinct in her alerted her to retreat down below. Fortune seemed distracted by Yamato and Hyuna so Lo-muna seized the chance, holding the jacket closely to her chest as she nimbly and quietly went below deck.

Deciding to leave the assigning of rooms to the others, her ears alert for sounds, she went into a room where someone was already there. It was the same one who had brought the child, Ann. Lo-muna was about to greet her but noticed the girl's eyes were closed and instead she fished about in her bag, looking for the proper materials to hang up the coat in order for it to dry.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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#2013-09-22 09:00:27, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


Kuh. What's Yuwen want with her anyways, didn't their talk earlier already establish that she had changed too much for them to really be friends anymore? Sucks that she held on to the belief that something could come of it for so long, but, that's how it goes. She's stuck with his little plot for now, at the very least.

"I don't know what you're talking about," Fortune said, oddly tactful for once. What's his motive? Does he even have one? Definitely. He's gotta have one, but what? "I just heard about attraction Chi, it's a technique that's big in Sudea. The Emperor's harem is trained in it to make them more attractive for him, it's completely outrageous," Yuwen then grinned, and Hyuna briefly wondered, is that what he was hinting at? Did he want her to use her illusions to at least improve the features of all the girls around him? What a mundane motive, honestly. "And they train at it for years so they're completely different then normal women. The air around them smells sweet, their features look better. You heart starts racing and you don't know why,"

"Sickening." Hyuna spat, calming herself down quickly. "They've got no self respect, the haremites. But, Fortune, you'd sure like me to use my chi to make the other girls 'round here more good looking, huh?" She scoffed, jabbing him in the ribs with her elbow.

Yuwen laughed and continued, "It's creepy, really." He glanced from Hyuna to Yamato, patting each on the shoulder for a second before retracting his hands beneath the velvet once more. "...Thanks for joining, by the way," Then, after clearing his throat, in a more subdued voice than normal,"It means a lot to me."

Hyuna stared at him for a few seconds, not really knowing how to respond, before looking down at her feet; the safest place to rest those damn eyes. "Not many who can scatter a larger force easily." She coughed a little, still not meeting his eyes. "That's... what you mean, right? Need me and my chi for when we're outnumbered?"

Her eyes darted around for Muna, and, seeing that somehow, the rabbit girl disappeared, the frown on her face deepened just a little bit more.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-22 09:10:19, as written by Nulix
Yuwen glanced down as Hyuna spoke, his hair getting slicker and slicker in the rain before he glanced back up at her. "I don't really need warriors... I mean, I didn't hire warriors," He admitted after a moment, his voice cracking slightly. He shuddered in the rain as sniffles set in. "...I just wanted friends for an adventure."

Suddenly the ship rocked to the side. "Sorry!" Jensu called from the wheel. "We're going off the main river Han and onto a smaller one, I don't know it's name!" Her gaze went back to the Han as lightening rocked in the distance, the echo of thunder not far behind. "You should all get below deck! Me and Mohan will find a port!" She called.

Yuwen nodded at the woman before looking around. Illyria was still at the mast, and Sunaarashi and Echo seemed to be using the storm in their training somehow. Ignoring the rest he turned to Yamato and Hyuna. "After you two," He said with a smile, squinting as the rain came down harder and harder on his face...

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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#2013-09-22 19:49:47, as written by Nulix
"I don't need to go faster, I need to steady her," Jensu replied as she rapidly adjusted the wheel at each motion, skillfully weaving them through the barley big enough side river they'd retreated onto. The rain soon turned to a chilling hail as the Milkweed tumbled through the narrow water, dodging walls of rock, beach and tree as it did. On-board it was chaos, both Jensu and Mohan working superhuman speeds to adjust the rudder and sails at each unexpected change in wind or direction. Her coat fluttered violently against her body and if not for a green hand Jensu's hat threatened to fly off, but she managed to sail on, just as the beast-man approached the wheel.

"I can swim ahead to see if I can find a place to dock and scout for any dangers in the water," He suggested. Jensu glared at him over the wind. "You will die!" She called back. "But go ahead!"

"Guys, we've got to get below deck!" Yuwen called to Suiken. "Take the girl!" And with that he slid down the hatch, cornering the stairs until he reached the hallway of the hull. It was dark and wooden, made of bamboo bindings against curving walls of oak. Gravity seemed uncertain as the hall shifted to and from, downward changing step by step as Yuwen walked. He approached the first door, open with an iron-bound lantern flailing rapidly from the unsteady movements of the ship, and entered. It was fairly large, though not nearly large enough, filled with a few sparse crates, piles of woolen blankets for sleeping on and covering, and several hammock's tied up already for Jensu's usual travelers. On one by the far wall Ann lay asleep, and beside her Lo-Muna was hanging her coat up in the corner. "This place isn't so bad actually," Yuwen said as he stepped onto the creaking wood. "If there was a rug or someth-" He paused, his ears picking up a sound. A distant moaning soon washed away by the waves. He swallowed, before dismissing the thought. "It's getting pretty bad out there," He added, sitting against a wall and folding his knees to his chest. "If we don't make port soon we may end up grounded." He paused, as the moaning came back and disappeared just as fast. "...I just hope nothing else goes wrong."

Outside, in the blistering river, something else was going wrong. Gaining on the Milkweed with intensity was the black kayak, it's small and nimble design allowing it to speed through the narrow river where the large Junk was hindered. As the vehicle approached the back of the ship the cloaked figure inside kicked open the protective elephant-bone cage and stood. He began to run forward along the nose of the kayak and leapt off it, just as lighting came down and struck the wood, igniting it into flame.

"What the hell was that?!" Jensu yelled, looking back as some sort of burning wreckage flung into the rapid waters behind them. The hooded figure stabbed into the red wooden back of the junk, beginning to scale up it with a knife in each hand...

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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#2013-09-22 21:31:25, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


The captain had said that they didn't need more speed, but Hyuna didn't really get it. If they moved faster, then there'd be less opportunities for them to capsize, right? And, well, capsizing would be bad. Sure, she could climb onto Yamato and they could try to fly to safety, but what about the little girl? Millie, or whatnot. She definitely wouldn't live. Yuwen might end up dead to, as well as Muna. Echo'd be perfectly fine, but that's if he survived jumping into the water in the first place. But she saw stress showing up heavily in the sails, and when Suna told her not to; that they needed to bind the sails, she found herself grudgingly agreeing.

"Fine." She shrugged. "Let's bind the damned sails then!"

She looked at the main deck and saw Yuwen rush inside, with the annoying Oni carrying the girl to relative safety. Could she trust the oni? Most likely not. But, still, what choice did she have? Hyuna wanted to try and help her if possible, but she also felt an idiotic need to do her best to keep the Milkweed afloat. She went back to the deck, and slipped down the hatch, looking for any spare cloth laying around. It was pretty frantic; but she didn't want the boat to go over. That'd just be stupid. Hyuna flinched when she heard the loud roar of something going on outside as she gathered up a few bedsheets to use as support for the sails. She caught a little glimpse of Muna, blushing fiercely and forcing herself to focus on task, climbing back up the shaft into the storm. Hyuna frantically pushed the sheets into Suna's arms, mumbling that she didn't know how to really bind a sail, and went back to the captain and first mate.

"You doin' okay?" She asked, a little worried. "Captain?"

That was when she noticed it, of course. The little kayak catching up. Hyuna glanced at it with distaste, and tried shooting balls of condensed air; missing each time with the rushing tides and vicious winds.

"What the hell was that?" The goblin exclaimed, turning back to see what it was while Hyuna kept trying to attack at range, shivering with the cold.

"Illyria, someone's climbing up!" Hyuna called over to the Giantess, who donned her helmet and sword in anticipation. "Deal with it, okay?"

With the winds increasing even more, illusions would be dispersed immediately, automatically. So really, if the fighter was as skilled as expected, Hyuna wouldn't be able to deal with it with just her spear. So she waited for Suna to set up the supports for the sails in order for them to be able to accept extra wind pushing against it to speed things up.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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"If something does arise, I am sure we're in suitable hands. The goblin seems to know what she's doing," Lo-muna said soothingly as she found a secure place herself. The oni and the child were entering the shelter as well and her jacket was secured safely on the wall. It was safe down below but her ears twitched with every thump and creak and moan and she wondered how much humans were better off without this heightened hearing.

Most of the guild was still on board but Lo-muna made no move to join them. A rabbit who runs into the hole at the first sign of danger. Hyuna came in briefly and Lo-muna smiled before the girl quickly made her way back up into the storm. She added Hyuna's face reddening to the list of strange actions she had committed so far, noting to inquire about it later.

"And here I thought swimming was a skill I could do without," Lo-muna muttered absent-mindedly. She looked over at the young girl, Millie, and added quickly, "But I'm sure the boat will remain upright. The rest of the guild is still on top so it can't be that bad. They must like getting drenched is all."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-23 06:54:47, as written by Nulix
All eyes focused on the stern of the ship, waiting for a figure to leap over or call out. They waited as the rain continued to pour down, covering the red painted wood in water, but no one came. Captain Jensu swallowed as he squinted in the rain, trying to see a figure climb up against the grey skies, but there was just nothing.

"GUILD!" A voice cried. The gang turned to find great balls of fire flying toward them. In a black leather cloak lined with silver coyote fur a figure ran along the railing, his head hidden beneath the cloak's hood. The cyclones of flames smashed into the deck, their fire spreading weakly under the rain. "Where is he!" The man spat, kicking outward. The air around his foot combusted into fire and flung forward violently toward Jensu, who smashed to the ground to see it hit the wheel of the Milkweed, instantly engulfing it in flames. The man jumped off the railing and slid along the wet deck until her reached the mast, which he grabbed with two hands and began to burn. "Where is Fortune?!" The hooded villain screamed...

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"Man, she's really yelling those commands up there?" Yuwen commented, listening to some screaming above deck. He glanced between the girl, Suiken, and Lo-muna nervously as suddenly the faint moaning came again. "You guys heard that, right?" Yuwen questioned, standing at the sound. "It's the third time since I've come down here."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi

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"I was hoping that was the wind," Lo-muna frowned, her hopes dashed as soon as Fortune spoke of the moaning. She stood up, digging her nails into the wall for support. "Considering the sound of it, it might be inside the ship but not in this room. Up on the deck there is trouble though. Do we purse the ghost or join the ruckus above? There are enough fighters on deck. We have maybe two down here."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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"The voices upstairs...they don't sound like the Captain's," Suiken noted. "The tone is different. I can't quite tell, but it sounds like someone else. Maybe Sunaarashi or..." he paused. Suiken suddenly became more alert as he switched topics. "About these noises down here...when did you first start hearing them exactly?" he asked, now standing up, looking around the room agitatedly.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi

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#2013-09-23 07:41:52, as written by Nulix
"Captain Jensu told us to stay below deck, so I'm staying below deck," Yuwen replied, kicking open the room door and entering the long hall that lined the spine of the hull. The wood creaked as he put his foot forward, a small sound compared to the eery flowing of the waters that held them. He swallowed as he stared into the darkness and quickly turned around. "You guys crumbing?" He asked after a second to Suiken and Lo-muna, who stood at the room's entrance.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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"Wake up," Millie whispered urgently, taking a hold of Ann's shoulder and shaking her. "Something's going on up there, they might need your help!" No reaction. She was either an incredibly heavy sleeper or simply couldn't be bothered to be moved from her resting spot. Millie took a few steps back, looking around the room as her eyes met with the other guild members around her. What was going on topside that was causing so much noise? Some of them seemed to consider running up to the deck. She figured it would be safer down here away from the ruckus above so that's where she stayed, keeping her eyes on the doorway as if anticipating some unknown figure to barge right through. "I-I think I'll stay put," Millie stammered. "If someone comes down here by any chance, I think Ann could take care of them, right?" She turned nervously to the girl and let out an anxious sigh, finding that she was still fast asleep. "Right...?"

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Lo-muna suppressed a laugh and nodded. She took a step forward and then immediately turned around so she could grab her jacket, putting it on as she joined Yuwen. Her ears were facing forward, focused for another strange sound. Muna looked back at the young girl and frowned upon hearing she would stay.

"If you really do plan on staying, then here," the rabbit said as she stepped forward, digging something out of her bag. She held her hand out and in it were small, wrapped balls with a single string sticking out of each one. A few were blue while a majority were red. "Just pull on the string and avert your eyes for just a second while it explodes. Not only will it make a loud sound but it'll produce a bright flash of light that'll blind the enemies for a couple seconds. The blue ones take a bit longer though in case you want a distraction. We'll come running if even one is set off but I'm sure Ann will protect you. These things can probably wake her up even! And if you don't need 'em, you can use these for pranks."

She smiled reassuringly and then joined the Yuwen and Suiken.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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"Millie," Suiken sighed. "Please wake Ann up if you can. We'll need her if something out of hand is going on up above. The three of us-," Suiken paused to nod at Yuwen and Lo-muna, "-are going to investigate the noise down here. I have...an odd feeling, to say the least."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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#2013-09-23 08:11:37, as written by Nulix
"It may be, though I'm more worried about another Chi'ing," Yuwen replied, adjusting his collar as they crept down the dark hall. A moan echoed from one of the farthest doors, one of the storage rooms the Captain had said was full. But yet moaning came from it, becoming more and more distressing the closer they came. Yuwen approached the dark, locked door and glanced back to his employees before ramming it. It pushed him back but after another few tries he smashed the lock open, falling into the dark room. "Ow," he muttered, raising slowly to look up. In the darkness before them cages stood, filled to the brim with gagged Goblins. One little girl was crying loudly into her gag, the muffled cry he recognized from the room over. "Oh... shit," Yuwen whispered as he stood.

***

The cloaked man flung his body back violently at Amanhã's attack, dodging each attack up until the last, a smack from the pommel of her blade. He'd dodged, but not far enough, the blow enough to smash him onto the ground.

"You think you'll get him that way? Sink this ship and you lose him with it. He's under the deck right now, but perhaps I can keep you busy?" A voice cried. The cloak figure blasted himself up off the ground with a swift burst of fire as another blade slashed at him, the hooded man barely fast enough to lean backwards and dodge it. Suddenly another spear came out from the side, jabbing the hooded figure in the rib-cage. He let out a scream before grabbing the spear and blasting fire up it to engulf the girl who'd attacked. He then stepped back and rose up a wall of fire between him and his attackers. Unfortunately, he hadn't looked behind him. A gruff, white hand grabbed him by the back of the neck and began to lift him in the air by it.

Mohan stood lifting and choking the man simultaneously from behind. "You've come to the wrong ship," The large fire-oni spat. Suddenly Mohan received a kick to the chest, causing him to release the man, who landed agilely opposite him.

"Hey friend, about your ship," The cloaked figure began, raising his hands. "Don't sweat it." Suddenly the sweat on Mohan's body ignited, causing him to start burning alive. The Oni cried out before diving overboard, and the figure turned back toward his opponents. "Do you even know who this Yuwen Fortune is? Because I promise you, staying aboard with him is no less deadly than staying aboard with me."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi

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"The goblin owes us an explanation," Lo-muna muttered quietly as she rummaged about in her bag. A small kit came out with tools normally associated with lock picking. She took out two pins from inside and looked over at her companions, "I don't suppose you two know anything about opening locks?"

Not even bothering with an answer, she knelt by one of the cages and began her work. It was done in under a minute. The lock opened with a soft click but Lo-muna was already on the next cage.

"Oh," she paused, turning to Yuwen and Suiken as casually as she had before. "You two can set about undoing the bounds. Unless you have some sort of argument against it? I must admit, I don't think we should have this large of a crowd out and about with the sounds I hear from above. I do believe I hear fighting."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi

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Suiken pinched the bridge of his nose. "I think...I may have misjudged our captain," he sighed rather calmly, though those around him could sense the seething anger in his tone. "I'd like to hear her side of things first, however..."

With Ann having gone upstairs, Suiken could hear more clearly the goings on outside the ship. "We've got even more trouble it seems. I hear fighting and I smell fire," Suiken grimaced, the absurdity of how much things have escalated to terrible was almost too much. "But first, I say we free them, so they don't get caught in our mess," Suiken nodded at the captives, worried for their safety amongst the flames.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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#2013-09-23 08:54:43, as written by Nulix
"Yuwen Fortune," The burnt girl began angrily, clearly injured from the attack. "Is my childhood friend! So there's no way I'll let the likes of you touch him!"

"Well he does have a lot of friends," The hooded figure replied between heavy breathes. The attackers had clearly left him weakened.

"So, tell us, Fire-boy, who is Fortune?" The Tengu with the sword added, stepping beside the injured girl in the rain. "Because honestly, right now, neither of you seem very appealing or "safe.""

"I'd say you're being quite convincing so far, though if you keep at it, you'll probably be convincing a dead audience. And that wouldn't be any good, now would it?" Another one added, a girl who emerged from the lower decks.

The cloaked man looked between the group before stretching his neck. "I met Mister Fortune in the village of Ya'ei-Choen a good few years ago. It was festival, I don't remember for what, when the village went under an emergency call," He began, loosening his limbs as he began to pace the stern of the junk. "He said Tengu attackers were coming from the North... and that he wanted the bravest of warriors. That he had a surprise attack and that the Tengu were camping in a field not far from town... when I got there with the other warriors there were no Tengu. We were confused, but soon understood... It was a setup, and the guards, when they arrived, were convinced that it was we who had been plotting to attack the town. And joining his guild was the only way out... the one loophole."

The man looked up as thunder clapped above them, his face almost slipping out from beneath the hood. "I am here to help you!" He announced loudly, opening his arms. "I know it may not seem it, but you have to trust me! There are men and women of great power after you! After that key you stumbled upon! And they will not rest until they have it!"

Suddenly the Ashuran-thing jumped forward, coming down with her blade directly on him, from the other new the new girl almost attacked, both at an angle he could not dodge on the current playing field. And so he had to widen the playing field. Suddenly the air surrounding his fists began to spark and flame violently, and as she flung forward he smashed them down into the deck, blowing the wood apart beneath him...

***

Yuwen looked at the cages and swallowed. "Wait," He said, raising a hand to his comrades. "Don't... don't free them, we don't know what they are," He said, turning to them. He had to tread very lightly with this one. "We... don't want to make a mistake and have to pay for it later," He carefully explained. "It's not like they're going anyway. Besides, we-"

Suddenly the wooden ceiling blew apart in a fiery blast and a hooded figure smashed down between the cages. The burning hole in the deck above spread, revealing the room below wider and wider. Yuwen squinted as the harsh rain and day-light flushed in, and the figure stood, raising his hands to the cages filled with gagged goblins. "Don't come one step closer!" The hooded villain spat to Amanha on the deck above as the air surrounded his fists began to spark. "Or I will incinerate every one of these goblins! If the lack of life doesn't disturb you I'm sure the lack of profit will."

Yuwen looked in disbelief at the figure to the massive hole above where the other members of the Guild stood, battle worn. "Ideas?!" He called to his fellow guild members. The figure looked down from the large gap in the deck to Yuwen at the end of the room, a smile growing beneath his cloaked face. "Yuwen Fortune... still playing these games?"

"Ideas?!" Yuwen repeated desperately to his team, ignoring the psychopath...

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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#2013-09-23 09:07:47, as written by Rann
Hyuna was struggling. The burns felt raw and open upon her skin, but she nodded to Razul anyways, channeling her weariness and anger and hatred all into the palms of her hand; eyes shut. One problem they had to dealt with was the goddamn fire on the boat- otherwise they'd all die. She managed to gather together a strong breeze, and whipped it more and more above her in a vicious circle, making a makeshift tornado. Directing her arms towards the flames, the tornado tore into the inferno, hopefully dealing minimal damage to the ship itself as it cleared away the bulk of the flames.

When she was finished, it seemed the bastard was in a talking mood, after listening to both Razul and Yamato's queries.

The enemy regarded them all with some sort of mad desperation glinting. "I met Mister Fortune in the village of Ya'ei-Choen a good few years ago. It was festival, I don't remember for what, when the village went under an emergency call," Hyuna scowled as the man paced around, and she held the dug the spear into the deck, leaning against it for support, listening avidly. Because a few good years ago would fit in well with when Leiya was captured... meaning Yuwen was playing around in Ya'ei-Choen when she threw away her innocence to fight for her life. "He said Tengu attackers were coming from the North... and that he wanted the bravest of warriors. That he had a surprise attack and that the Tengu were camping in a field not far from town... when I got there with the other warriors there were no Tengu. We were confused, but soon understood... It was a setup, and the guards, when they arrived, were convinced that it was we who had been plotting to attack the town. And joining his guild was the only way out... the one loophole."

Dead silence as Hyuna registered the information. Was the whole thing planned, then, by Yuwen? So, was she really a pawn the whole time? But, she had tried hard for the past few hours to at least be kinder to him; try to let him in at least a little bit. Hell, she screamed out loud for all to hear that she wouldn't let anyone kill him. The man then drove his fist into the ground, revealing what appeared to be scores upon scores of caged goblins... meaning... was Jensu a slaver? Was she behind the capture of her mother, in fact? Also below were Muna and Suiken, and Hyuna blushed again upon seeing the contours of Muna's body.

"Don't come one step closer!" The hooded figure yelled to those above deck, specifically the giantess. "Or I will incinerate every one of these goblins! If the lack of life doesn't disturb you I'm sure the lack of profit will."

All Hyuna knew was that Yuwen was desperately asking for ideas; for help. And hell, she couldn't care less for the goblins anyways, if they couldn't fight back.

"I've got your back, Fortune!" Hyuna cried as she tackled the hooded figure, using more chi to hopefully block the slaves from being incinerated; a barrier of raging wind. She shot Yuwen a neutral glance, eyeing him, the look saying 'you better explain it to all of us after we save your ass', and then turned back to the person she was flinging herself at. "I'll be the one to defeat you, after all!"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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Lo-muna backed away slowly as she reached for the rapier hidden away in her bag. A barrier of wind rose and she looked up at Hyuna, giving her a small smile in thanks. Her eyes drifted back to the intruder and she listened to Yamato's call for explanation.

"I don't exactly think this is time for a history check! Or doubting loyalties" Lo-muna cried out, panic in her voice. "Shouldn't we, you know, put him out! Or possibly get him out of here? Boats are flammable you know! And fortune's not the only one down here!"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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[Yuwen looked at the cages and swallowed. "Wait," He said, raising a hand to his comrades. "Don't... don't free them, we don't know what they are," He said, turning to them. He had to tread very lightly with this one. "We... don't want to make a mistake and have to pay for it later," He carefully explained. "It's not like they're going anyway. Besides, we-"]

"Don't free them?" Suiken snapped at Yuwen. "We don't know what they are? Are you sure?! You see children imprisoned in the back of a boat and-," Suiken paused.

[Suddenly the wooden ceiling blew apart in a fiery blast and a hooded figure smashed down between the cages. The burning hole in the deck above spread, revealing the room below wider and wider. Yuwen squinted as the harsh rain and day-light flushed in, and the figure stood, raising his hands to the cages filled with gagged goblins. "Don't come one step closer!" The hooded villain spat to Amanha on the deck above as the air surrounded his fists began to spark. "Or I will incinerate every one of these goblins! If the lack of life doesn't disturb you I'm sure the lack of profit will."

Yuwen looked in disbelief at the figure to the massive hole above where the other members of the Guild stood, battle worn. "Ideas?!" He called to his fellow guild members. The figure looked down from the large gap in the deck to Yuwen at the end of the room, a smile growing beneath his cloaked face. "Yuwen Fortune... still playing these games?"]

Suiken, more annoyed than anything at this point, looked form Yuwen to the hooded man. "Kid, I don't even want to know why you know a villain, but...you," Suiken turned to the hooded man as he stepped between him and the tied up goblins, blue chi beginning to encase his body. "Won't be touching them."

The insanity continued and Hyuna and Yamato dropped down to join the fray. Suiken spoke to Yamato, who seemed to accuse Fortune of harboring the goblin slaves. "Calm yourself, tengu. These state of these poor goblins is something for the Captain to answer for. Not that Fortune doesn't have a few things to explain himself..." he sighed, taking a fighting stance, his eyes never leaving the hooded maniac.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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Yamato shook his head, "Until two seconds ago I didn't know these Goblins were here, I don't care about them. All I want is Fortune and this guy to talk." He retorted to Suiken before turning his attention to Lo Muna. He levitated off the ground slightly, "so what if the boat burns, seems like your problem not mine. If these two go down with it, even better." He touched back down to the ground, feeling Hyuna's chi around them all, suppressing the fire user's chi.

He put his blade to the Elemental's neck. "Keep talking, you may just save your life." He turned his attention to Lo-Muna again, "How about you hold on to Fortune? The rest of you focus on the fires. Make sure we can still sail. Some one get Mohan out of the river." He shook his head. "This is shaping up to be quite a day Fortune, and my patience is running then."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-23 09:50:12, as written by Nulix
"Elabourate," The half-Ashuran whispered coldly, with her blade still ready to strike.

"He took us to the ends of the Earth and back for a single treasure, and he failed to get that treasure," The figure summed up as the ship shook. "You don't want to know where you will be taken... you do not."

The cloaked figure swallowed as the Oni stepped forward as well, his hesitation only heightened as Hyuna and Yamato dropped down and joined. He did not want to kill them, and yet he could not risk lowering his hands. He was tired, and more injured then he'd like to admit, and he knew the sparks on his hands was all that was keeping the enemy at bay. And in the corner of the room Yuwen stood, staring him down. "Do you know what you found, Yuwen? In Poyo?!" The Hooded Villain asked. "I saw it all... in the village." The figure sighed. "You won't survive very long, my friend."

Yuwen stared at him, before shaking his head. "I don't know who you are," He called out desperately. And for a moment the words took the villain aback. Suddenly the ship rocked to the side, the cages beginning to slide across the increasingly wet cargo room. "We're reaching the rocks of the river Baotongu," The hooded villain said as he adjusted himself against the imbalance. In the river the burning junk known as the Milkweed sailed violently toward white rocks.

The hooded villain looked away from the rocking ship as a blade came to his neck. "Keep talking, you may just save your life," The cold Tengu whispered. He then glanced to the beast-woman, "How about you hold on to Fortune? The rest of you focus on the fires. Make sure we can still sail. Some one get Mohan out of the river." He shook his head. "This is shaping up to be quite a day Fortune, and my patience is running thin."

"You're telling me," Yuwen muttered.

"This ship has no wheel and burning sails, we will crash!" The villain spat out desperately, trying to convince them. And as though at his word a tall, sharp rock penetrated the hull, ripping through the scene like a passing wall of stone. It smashed into the hooded villain, plunging him into the sea before the Milkweed adjusted, flying off the rock violently. The entire front bow of the ship began to collapse, the wooden planks that held the junk together becoming undone.

Yuwen frantically tried to dodge but was soon smashed by a piece of wood and flung into the river, each of the others following suit until they were all in the water. Behind them the burning Milkweed uncontrollably crashed into the rocks before hitting a patch of trees on the river coast. "Guys!" Yuwen called desperately, his head popping in and out of the water as he swam toward a large piece of driftwood. "Guys!" He called again, grabbing hold of the wood, the burning, grounded junk disappearing in the storm behind them

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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#2013-09-23 09:50:22, as written by Rann
Shit. She completely forgot about Master.

"He doesn't have yours." Yamato said to her, angrily, almost looking betrayed. "He never has, he never will. He conveniently vanishes during the battle only to show up with guild contracts later. Seems he's done that exact same to this hot-head. not to mention leaving you years ago. Yet you remain loyal until you get your shot. Take it. Why wait? Kill him now if you want him gone. Hyuna, you don't need him or this guild."

While it was true that she didn't need the guild, she still figured that Yuwen was a requirement. He was her life as a kid, the one thing she looked forwards to the most. And until she could come to terms with what happened during the war, wouldn't it be best to let the last childhood tie live? She was going to try and enunciate this to her Master when she saw the little smile aimed up at her from Muna, immediately ruining her concentration on her thoughts. It was all she could do to keep the winds blowing.

"M-Master..." She said apologetically, turning to him, almost begging that he'd let it pass for now. "I can't settle my past and move on with my life if it's not me who kills him. Please understand?"

Multiple things happened at once, then. First, the ship crashed, sending shockwaves of pain even farther through her small body. She eyed Yuwen flailing in the water, as well as tried to keep a bead on Muna and most of all, Master. While focusing too hard on too many things at once, Hyuna couldn't keep herself afloat, tumbling into the river, wondering exactly where in her life that she messed up enough to end up in this predicament.

Kuh. Damnit.

She couldn't even swim, and she lost the connection to her element while in the water. Still, she tried to keep her head above the tides as best as she could, feeling the blisters forming and the aching bones begging for rest. At the very least, she felt her hand wrap around a bunny's ear, and she allowed herself a little grin.

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi

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Lo-muna yelped in surprise and pain as a hand grabbed her ear. It was one of the more sensitive parts of her anatomy and she wasn't fond of people even touching her ears. This was certainly an invasion of privacy.

"Hey, wa-!" Lo-muna exclaimed before realizing who it was and she swore under her breath. She grabbed Hyuna by the waist and said in a calmer, sweeter voice, "You can let go now. I got you."

Kicking her legs, she swam towards the first piece of driftwood she could find and latched onto it. Muna dragged Hyuna onto it, making sure to keep the girl's head above the water.

"Are you alright? Can you breathe?" the rabbit asked with a concerned look on her face.

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi

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#2013-09-23 11:23:59, as written by Rann
It was a nice way to die, at least, holding onto something as soft and gentle as a bunny's ear. The ear was still warm too- with life. It was another cold comfort as Hyuna felt her consciousness begin to waver and blur like lines that didn't make sense anymore and instead acted as impossible waves and twirls. She liked to imagine that somehow, Yamato, her awesome Master, and Yuwen, could somehow get along. As if that'd happen, she scoffed herself, coughing a bit; still feeling the sting and cry of the burns from the fire guy.

She heard the sweet voice of the rabbit girl, soothing her tired mind, and felt a weird sort of upwards pressure. Was she dying, is this it? And she's hallucinating of that damned Muna? Hell, it's as good a voice as any for dying to, and obviously better than some voices. If it were, say, that giantess' voice, Hyuna'd rather shrivel in fear and keep living. But this? This was cool. It was okay, if that's how she was going to go.

Until she felt the somewhat soggy surface of driftwood on her back, and Muna's worried look on her face, asking if she was okay, if she could breathe. Hyuna sputtered and coughed and blushed again (third time, goddamnit, what the hell is going on) and nodded faintly, her vision still swimming and blurry and mostly monochrome. Hyuna could vaguely sense the wreckage of the Milkweed, and various members of the guild helping each other stay afloat and alive.

"Kuh." Hyuna murmured nervously, almost trying to avoid the rabbit girl's gaze. Why was she like this all the time? What the hell was going on? "uh,.. th-thanks, Muna..." She just barely managed to spit the words out, panicky and fidgety as her brain tried to work out exactly why she reacted in such a way towards the bunny girl.

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi

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"You had me worried there, Hyuna," Lo-muna replied as she scrutinized the girl's face. It was red again, despite the deathly pallor of nearly drowning in the river. She let go of the raft with one hand, digging into the raft with her nails on the other hand, and placed the back of the free hand on Hyuna's cheek and forehead. "Are you running a fever? How much damage did you sustain from the fight? I have some poultices that might he-"

Not far from where they were, there was another splash and Lo-muna paused. Another body? She looked around, seeing the others were actually helping each other for once and shrugged off the splash. Whatever it had been, the others could easily deal with it.

"That might help. If you'd like of course. And if your master isn't entirely against a lowly beast-man like myself helping you," Lo-muna finished with a small smile. Really, it was all she could do to not scowl at the mention of Yamato. The Tengu's arrogance was annoying for she had forgotten the Tengu were not ones to be swayed by a weaker being's pleas. She would probably have to try a different tactic if the rapier was still in her bag when she was out.

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi

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#2013-09-23 20:46:10, as written by Rann
Muna looked slightly relieved as she looked over Hyuna's face, even placing the back of her hand right on Hyuna's forehead, causing blood to rush straight to her head; you could practically see her steaming with embarrassment and shock. She tried to struggle and answer, honestly having no idea if she hated or liked the bunny girl, and instead lay on the raft with dazed confusion as Muna fretted over her.

Somewhere nearby there was a loud splash; something heavy slamming against the water, and causing the raft to tilt a little- if not for the bunny's claws digging into it for support, it'd have flipped over in the waves. She faintly wondered, what had just fallen, but decided that it couldn't have been too important. She had bigger things to worry about. Like why she was so pathetically weak in front of this exquisitely attractive beast-man.

"That might help. If you'd like of course" Muna continued, referring to the poultices she mentioned before the splash for treating her wounds. And Hyuna couldn't not look at the gentle yet somewhat... hesitant? Wistful? It was a strange smile, and the quality wasn't easy to pick out- it had to be something farther below the surface. "And if your master isn't entirely against a lowly beast-man like myself helping you,"

Beastmen, lowly? How are they lowly? Nearly drowned or not, this had to be addressed.

She coughed a little before speaking and forcing a toothy grin. "Beast-men aren't l-lowly." She said, trying to sound strong yet coming across as almost whiny at the same time. The sincerity was obvious, on the other hand. "It's... the, well. I love beast-men... they're like, uh... you know. Works of art?"

She giggled nervously, scratching at her head.

"Sorry, sorry, uh. You... probably think I'm weird, sorry." She paused, and smiled this time. "Beast-men are awesome... and that's that."

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi

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Lo-muna laughed, pleased by the girl's response.

Seems some of your strength had returned. Well this is certainly a refreshing comment on my kind. Works of art? I hadn't thought of that... Yuwen could learn a thing or two about complimenting others from you," she said with a small laugh. " You're not weird at all. Unique rather and I like that a lot actually."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi

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#2013-09-23 23:59:32, as written by Rann
After Hyuna clumsily blurted out her thoughts on the Beast-men, Muna laughed, a soft tinkly sound that made Hyuna feel strange inside. She didn't know if it was a good or bad feeling really, but well... it wasn't technically uncomfortable. Just awkward and new. And for some reason, the bunny looked a little relieved as she paddled them closer to shore, where the other guild member were.

"Seems some of your strength had returned." She said, and Hyuna felt that same pride she felt when Yamato was lauding about her strengths in combat. And well, she felt strong enough to use air to bring them both to shore without any more effort from the bunny. "Well, this is certainly a refreshing comment on my kind. Works of art?" Muna looked as if she was in thought. "I hadn't thought of that... Yuwen could learn a thing or two about complimenting others from you."

Okay. Hyuna felt something rising deep inside her that she didn't understand. She looked away bashfully, trying to contain herself. She did her best to force a little scowl, hunching her shoulders forwards as she repositioned herself on the driftwood. "You're not weird at all. Rather unique, and I like that a lot actually."

Alright. Fine. Hyuna figured the best way to deal with this was to get it over with as soon as possible.

"Uh, Muna." She said hesitantly. "Sorry you had to save me... climb on up." She extended her small hand to Muna's claw on the wooden platform, inviting to drag her up. "Let's take to the air.. it's, uh, it's easier, and stuff."

Using her arms to channel the wind, Hyuna used it to go directly under their piece of wood and send them straight towards where the others were, on land, and on safety. It was fast, and it was rejuvinating to be flying through the air, above everyone else like she was used to. Hyuna smirked as she regained some sense of pride, and she ended the ride with a smooth landing on the sandy shore.

"Nice shipwreck." Hyuna said sardonically once she caught up with the others. She turned specifically to Yuwen, who was near his horse that had somehow caught up to them from the river."Yuwen, it'll be hard to get everyone to get even close to trusting you again, if any trusted you in the first place." She said her piece to him aggressively, but on the other hand, not entirely unkindly.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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"As much as I would like to join in this conversation about loyalties, I do believe there are injuries to tend and clothes to dry," Lo-muna muttered as she cast a distasteful glance at her drenched clothes. "Talking in the open like this makes us more vulnerable to attacks from other enemies. As much as you all like to fight, I don't believe it is in our best interest with innocents about and bodies too worn for even a quick battle."

She had been referring to the goblins she assumed someone had saved, the unconscious girl she was didn't know, and the other little girl Ann had brought along. Lo-muna herself was thankful Hyuna had used her chi for her own legs were tired. There was also a weariness beginning to show, her sleepless nights slowly catching on.

"I suppose you'll be riding Yuwen? The rest of us are walking probably and carrying those who are unable. I'm willing to carry someone I suppose. Civilization will do us good."

She paused, turning to Hyuna with a small bow, "Thank you for your help, and for the compliment."

Then with a final smile, she followed along, deciding to go pick up the strange, unconscious girl. There was still strength in her arms after all.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi

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#2013-09-24 00:27:41, as written by Nulix
"Yuwen, it'll be hard to get everyone to get even close to trusting you again, if any trusted you in the first place," Hyuna called out, the last line in what Yuwen took as an onslaught of attacks from what were essentially his employees.

"Well there's not much I can do about that, is there?" Yuwen replied to Hyuna, raising his arms as though unsure what else to say. "

"I suppose you'll be riding Yuwen? The rest of us are walking probably and carrying those who are unable. I'm willing to carry someone I suppose. Civilization will do us good," Lo-muna called out.

"What? no I won't be riding," Yuwen said, more than a bit annoyed. "Put the injured on Wang Chang, he can carry them... he's a good boy." Yuwen stroked the stallion before bringing him over to the goblins and carefully beginning to pick them up and place them on the saddle...

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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"Ah, an inn. Should be a decent place to rest at the very least..." Suiken breathed a sigh of relief as he spotted the inn and Yuwen and Yamato heading near it. Suiken was very tired and for one reason or another, he felt very cold. Which for a snow oni was odd, but he attributed it to having taken a long dive in the river, yet the feeling felt familiar as well. Suiken merely shrugged the feeling off for now.

Suiken looked back at the others. "Well, we have ourselves an inn. Are any of you planning to retire now? I could use some tea before I head to bed myself..." Suiken sighed as he made his way into the inn. As he entered the establishment, he noticed this town didn't seem very lively. Well, it WAS night, but whoever's on shift at the inn at the moment shouldn't look so...sleepy. The woman at the greeting booth, the tea servers, the rest of the staff all appeared as if they were about to pass out from exhaustion.

Perhaps they spend long periods keeping awake at night, trying to keep the inn open because they were understaffed. The village didn't appear to be that big after all. Suiken shrugged and took a seat at the table where a tired old man, serving tea and other beverages went to make the rounds around the table.

Suiken looked around. The members of the Great Guild appeared to be the only guests...aside from two tall figures sporting identical black conical hats and dark green silk shirts. They appeared slumped over in their chairs, their table covered with dozens of emptied sake cups and bowls of soup. One of the two, thin and lanky, was slump over to his left, out cold. The other one, more muscular, was leaning against the wall, his arms folded as he snored rather loudly. Both of them had conical hats draped over their faces that only moved very slightly through their loud snoring.

"Hmm," Suiken shrugged, before signalling the server. "Ah, tea if you don't mind." The server halfheartedly nodded and left to comply.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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#2013-09-24 03:10:09, as written by Rann
Upon joining the others, Muna quickly declared her distaste for conversations of loyalty where there were the injured and innocent to take care of. So, thankfully for Hyuna, Muna went to tend to them, after saying something to Fortune involving the horse, and bowing to Hyuna, thanking her for the compliment. The Falcon viewed her new friend? Acquaintance? Regardless, she looked at Muna as she tended to that small other girl, human, still unconscious and unknown. Why did she tense up at the idea of Muna getting closer to Yuwen? Does it even matter?

I don't even know why I care anymore.

She frowned as she regarded the ebbing pains of her burns, knowing that she'd probably need to get them treated once she could. But seeing that Muna was around where the injured her laid out, well, she decided that she could ask later. Need to get away from that infuriating rabbit girl. And as a group of strangers, they headed into the town; to civilization, a motley crew, of course. She faintly heard Yamato mutter that he'd go scout ahead, and, well, Hyuna figured she wanted some time alone as of now. So she could figure things out in her head- she already declared her previously unknown to even herself allegiance, Yuwen, but she also told pretty much everyone that it was a temporary until she was ready to move on to whatever life had next for her, and the sooner she could get there, the better.

"Damn, Fortune." She muttered, wandering idly as the others more or less dispersed into the town. Biting her lip, Hyuna swung her spear against a three with a jumping slash, before twisting her body to have her feet land on the trunk, leaping off of it like a spring. She made a quick turn in midair using her chi and slashed at a different side of the tree, and once again sprung forth from it, and landed back on her feet on the ground. Immediately after testing out her capabilities she almost crumpled as her body was weakened from lack of sleep and injuries.

So goddamn weak. Gotta push harder, train harder, so I can be strong like Master.

Ah, Yamato. How amazingly strong he was, in his quick yet calculated way. Hyuna wished her skill extended as far as his did, but no matter how she looked at it, the gap in skill was too wide. And that's not even adding Illyria into the equation. Or even that old guy, who also likely outmatched her in a fight.

"Harder." Hyuna muttered as she mustered all her strength into her thin arm, bashing the spear against the ground. An aching pain rang up to her shoulder, but she ignored it stubbornly, grunting as she wiped sweat off her brow. "Faster." She growled as she leapt in a sort of somersault, chi propelling her body higher and farther than any normal human, before twisting strangely in the air; a painful twinge in her chest. "Higher." Instead of letting herself land softly on the forest floor, she used chi to bring her even higher into the air, feeling dizzy and worn out all at once. Bending her body at almost an unnatural angle, she positioned herself for the descent. "Sharper." She wheezed, somewhat gliding down, ignoring the white hot stabs of pain throughout her body, and landing cleanly on the blunt end of her spear; point embedded into the ground. Hyuna let herself fall to the ground, wondering if this little improvised training helped anything at all, when she heard the ruffle of leaves. They were heading out. Might as well join in.

Hyuna carefully masked the hitch in her breath as she fell into pace beside Yamato.

"How you doin', Master?" She asked him. "The shipwreck and stuff. You didn't get injured, huh?"

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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The man in the red longcoat removed the white and black mask from his face and replaced it upon his chest, smirking. "Well, well, well. I found you. And you've even got friends now, how lovely!"

He scowled at this point. "No thanks to those Umbral Horrors, of course...ugh, I should just resort to doing these things myself now. Still, they'll serve their next task perfectly!" Raising a hand that glowed with black energy, he sent a command to the Umbral Horrors that still were searching the cliffs, telling them to head towards a new location...

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"...ea, if you don't mind."

The scenery Terra Himene saw when she woke up was completely different from what she had seen earlier. Whereas earlier she had been at the edge of a cliff, gazing into a forest filled with demonic beasts, now she found herself laid in a comfortable chair, in an unfamiliar room that was softly lit with amber lights.

Looking around, she found herself sitting at a table with a very young girl with brown hair and clear blue eyes. Not too far away were a number of very bizarre and out of place-looking characters at different tables, namely a snow oni. What was Terra supposed to make of the scene? She already felt awkward, even when the little girl was almost acting as though she wasn't there.

Then suddenly, the little girl turned towards her, tilted her head a bit to the right, and asked, "What happened to your eyes?"

With a gasp, Terra's left hand shot over the pale green eye on the same side of her face. The other eye, a brilliant emerald green, had a frightened look. Quickly, with her right hand, she pulled her hood over her eyes again.

(OOC: I may or may not have bungled Millie's personality. :/ Also, because I screwed up very badly, Yamato, Muna, and Ann do not actually appear in this scene, and Terra magically teleports away from Keeflo/Muna carrying her...both of them said they were picking up "an unconscious girl that got picked up alongside Ann". Sorry everyone.)

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Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi

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"It smells delicious," Lo-muna said as she took a seat, pausing to yawn as well. She felt so weary and wondered if the events of the day had really drawn her out so much. The sounds of the inn didn't help much either. Particularly a certain snoring from two strangers dressed in peculiar clothing. Her own clothes were still somewhat wet and clung to her form, irritating her.

"It will make for a much better sleep if the meal is peaceful as well. Last thing we need is to go to bed angry, particularly if we're sharing rooms," she muttered, suppressing another yawn.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi

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"I am not one to doubt people upon sight," Lo-muna began as she pushed the pork to the edge of the plate. "But I do not trust so easily either. Everyone has given me a reason to doubt you Fortune and your way with words makes you a dangerous character. You're suave, you're cunning, you're ambitious. And yet..."

She smirked, "I did say I was you're ally when you were a liar. I will place faith in you now for you, yourself, have given me no reason to believe these claims yet. There are instances when you expose yourself and I cannot ignore that. I will go the opposite route of Suiken and trust you until you prove me wrong."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-24 06:38:51, as written by Nulix
Yuwen glared at Suiken. "You want me to prove myself?" He replied in a hostile tone. "I'm afraid that can't be done... and there in lies the problem. You see there are a great many questions I present, questions that can't be answered, and you can't trust something you are unsure of..." From his pocket he pulled out a worn, linen paper, folded many times over to disguise its contents. Fortune swallowed as he placed it down on the table. "Do you know of Eoling Mel-Fong? The warrior of the second era in the army of the Emperor who went rogue and was hunted like a dog by the Emperor..." Yuwen began slowly. "But he was too good... too fast. He was unkillable, and soon others joined him. He formed a Great Guild and the hunt turned so fierce a war was declared against one rebel and his followers." Their leader swallowed at the words and glanced up at those present. "And Eoling won. With the Imperial Army massacred he stepped into the palace and took everything in it, including the Emperors crown... and that was the high. That was the greatest moment he would achieve for after that the Emperor's son took over... and he hunted the guild until they all fell dead."

Yuwen's finger tapped the folded paper hesitantly. "The treasure of that palace and the Emperor's crown were never found. The treasure of a lifetime, of ancient Emperor's, of all Yune's history... lost." He paused. "But I know where it is," He tapped the paper once more. "It's right here, on this map," Yuwen explained, a small smile creeping onto his face. "And it leads to Jiefong." He began to stand higher, the cloak falling back on his chair as he did. "And that is why I need your faith... because this will not work if you do not have it," He said to his team. "I've given you all a chance, I just ask you give me one too... and we will be rich."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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#2013-09-24 17:28:21, as written by Rann
Master appeared to be looking her over, and Hyuna instinctively hid the burns, although Yamato had probably already seen them. She didn't want him to think she was weak, or anything like that, so it was almost shameful, admitting that she was injured, even considering the strength of that hooded figure who even outmatched Illyria, a nigh-impossible feat. Yamato shook his head then, in response to her query of injuries, giving the girl at least some bit of relief. "Not too bad." Yamato said, a little proudly. "The armor seems to have done it's job... which reminds me, we will be giving you some proper armor first chance we get."

Hyuna didn't know what to think of that. Sure, some good armor would help a lot for surviving attacks, but, wouldn't that hurt her current strengths? Using her chi, she excels in mobility and speed, but with more armor, her already crap stamina will be even worse, and she'll lose a lot of her dexterous edge. Hyuna wondered briefly if Yamato had considered it, before receiving a small cannister from him.

"When you get a chance, put this over your burns." Yamato said, back to his usual self. Hyuna was glad that their little disagreement back on the ship hadn't ruined their friendship. She needed the Tengu, after all, and didn't know how she'd really cope without his help. "It's aloe, at least it'll take the sting out."

Hyuna nodded her head in gratitude, and started rubbing the cream onto her injuries, almost sighing in relief as the soothing ointment took the edge off of the continuous pains. She felt a little awkward rubbing in onto her miniature chest, but, she didn't really have much of a choice. Yamato probably wouldn't care, anyways, for the female human body. After eating, Hyuna as always, hung on Yamato's shadow like an annoying little bug, finding solace in him. At least she didn't feel the same thing she did when looking at Muna. What's the deal, anyways? The uneasiness, the blushing and the difficulty at saying even simple words, or forming coherent thought, what does it all mean? She briefly considered asking her Master, but, well, Master probably wasn't well versed at emotions. Particularly not a human's emotions and thoughts. She put her head down, almost sourly, as Yamato entered a bar. Obediently, she entered after him, into the dark and quaint bar. A puffy eyed waitress approached, and Hyuna, not in the mood really for drinks, walked away and left Yamato to his own machinations, trying to ignore the musky scent that wafted throughout the bar.

Hyuna focused primarily on the couple with the too drunk girl and the mostly sober, and self satisfied male. And it was obvious what his plot was; Hyuna wouldn't be surprised even if there was consent- don't trick her into getting drunk and make some ridiculous parody of love to each other! She glared at them, bristling, and wanting to step in and spear the male before he could do anything disgusting. But that would only set more Imperials on her ass, and that wasn't a part of the plan.

"Hey!" She said brightly, to the girl. "Sis, c'mon. Mom wants you back at home now!"

With a dark smile, she hooked the inebriated girl over her shoulder to support her, as they stumbled out of the bar. Once there, Hyuna used her chi to take them farther to the outskirts, near the forest's edge, and steadied the girl, who mumbled something that no sane person could hear or understand.

"Saved you." She said quietly. "Idiot. Where do you live, I'll escort you there, okay?"

The girl pointed randomly in a direction, vaguely south west, still giggling and tripping over herself with various hiccups and strange glances. The spear girl, with a bit of a sigh, took the drunk girls hand when she first saw it. The... thing that made no sense. The strange monster. The two girls just looked at it in shock, as more and more of them appeared, almost like a mass gathering of impossible creatures. They were terrifying. They were... they were horrors. And as one noticed and started moving at a slanted step towards the two girls, the drunk one pointed and laughed.

"so drunk... hey Daddy...."

Then she vomited all over Hyuna's wonderful cloak. With distaste, Hyuna threw the girl off of her, and whipped out her spear, rapidly lunging it through the horror as it slumped to the ground. She stabbed it a few more times, frenzied and confused, not knowing how to even tell if it was dead or not, before taking the girl and summoning a strong wind to take them back into town.

A few minutes later, Hyuna burst into the inn, pale and shaking, with a girl being somewhat dragged by the ankle behind her, the odor of vomit caking the air.

"There's... these monster... things." She growled. "I don't even...Fortune, what the hell's going on here?"

Still, her shock was broken through by seeing the bunny girl, and Hyuna nervously gave the drunk woman to her; already passed out. "Um, she's, uh. Drunk... so... take care of her, and... yeah." She murmured, before pointedly turning back yo Yuwen.

"Dunno if it's safe here, Fortune." She said to him. "This place is goddamn weird. And I need a new cloak, there's this shit all over it!"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi

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"At least that gives me time to tend to this creature," Lo-muna said about her charge as the two made their way into the bathroom. The others were likely not going to bed any time soon and it would seem their help was not necessarily needed immediately.

The smell of vomit was strong and she wrinkled her nose, grabbing a moist towel from her bag and carefully wiping away any traces from the girl's mouth and hair. Then a quick combing of the hair, a cleaning of the face, and setting the clothes right on the young woman's body left her looking presentable. Lo-muna even added a small scrunchie she had made herself to tie up the woman's hair in case she threw up again. Despite all of the fussing and grumbling, the girl was still knocked out.

"Can't have any more stragglers," the rabbit-girl muttered as she pulled out a small container from her bag. Inside was a powerful smelling mixture that she held under the woman's nose, her eyes immediately snapping open in alarm and confusion.

"W-where amI?" the young woman asked, a slight slur in her words indicated she was still intoxicated.

"You're in an inn. One of my..." Lo-muna paused, not really able to classify Hyuna yet. The rest were merely acquaintances so far but Hyuna and Yuwen, she had actually talked to them more than anyone else in the group. Calling them friends however seemed a bit of a stretch. Lo-muna didn't like using terms loosely because it helped keep distance between herself and others. Automatically assuming someone was a friend led to a hasty attachment and an even hastier detachment. "One of my companions brought you in, intoxicated and covered in vomit. I assume you were in danger and-"

"Danger?" the woman repeated, looking increasingly alarmed. "What time is it? Oh god, I need to get home and-"

"And you will. My companion did say there were some kind of creatures and I'm hesitant on letting you go alone," Lo-muna frowned, staying firm, and deliberating on the predicament. They had enough people to deal with and bringing another was idiotic.

"I don't live far, I'll just run or something. I need to leave though, please."

The woman was insistent and considering how the people in the bar had cleared out earlier, Lo-muna had no doubt she would stay true to her word. She was also a lot more alert now that she realized how late it was. Plunging into her bag yet again, wondering how her whole life fit into the small thing, Lo-muna pulled out a wooden cylinder that was smaller at one end than the other. The larger end had some sort of covering while the smaller end was tapered off into a mouthpiece. The woman took it with some confusion.

"If you need help, just set the mouthpiece on your lips and blow into it. It'll make a loud, piercing sound which will bring you aid. If it's not used, it can also make some nice music by humming into it instead," the rabbit smiled. "Now, hurry and run at the slightest bit of danger, understood?"

Clutching the handmade instrument, the young woman nodded and made her way out of the bathroom. She seemed a bit shocked at the collective group in the inn but made no move towards them. Instead, she went around and was out the door, not noticing Lo-muna had followed. The rabbit stood outside the inn and observed the woman walk until she stopped at one of the domiciles and entered. With a relieved sigh, she went back inside to join the others already immersed in conversation...

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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"Alright, I think everyones here..." Suiken muttered. "Well, almost everyone. Illyria's still asleep, I think," the oni noted. Hw then nodded at the old tea server from earlier, who still appeared to be on the verge of a complete breakdown. Suiken folded his arms and asked, "You stated before that you needed our help?"

"Well...n-not just me, but my entire village...what's left of it anyway...." the old man sighed. "It all started around...I-I don't know, a month and a half ago? We always had our troubles, bit as a village we always pulled through. We had made ourselves into a successful respite for passing travelers and the spirits of our ancestors would rain blessings upon our farmland, allowing our crops to flourish."

He sobbed, "But then something changed in the last on and a half months! Our ancestors...they became venomous towards us! First our crops began to wither and die. Then, anyone who attempeted to leave the village was entrapped in a maze of mist, wandering for hours until they arrived back here. And lastly...they started to demand that every night that one or more specific villagers wander into their gravesite, alone, or else they'd attack."

"Sometimes, we never see the again....and sometims," the old man shuddered. "Sometimes they come back....different." The old teamaster paused as he glanced around frantically as if someone heard him. "In two hours time, the next villager will be summoned to the grave site. Oh, I don't understand how this could've happened.."

"Hmm..." Suiken sighed, heavily scratching his chin. "More than likely,your ancestor's spirits have been corrupted. Not too uncommon for those that used to be among the living, but...still, it's unusual they would turn on your village when you were once so close. Has anything been done that would anger them?"

"No! None of would ever do something like that! Not that I'm aware of, at any rate," the old man cried out.

"That's honestly the best case scenario, since the only other real causes are a demon or a necromancer. The former..." Suiken grimly smirked, "Is possibly not an issue. The latter is a problem." Suiekn turned to lool at the others. "Well...what do you all think?"

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra

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"I say we help them obviously," Lo-muna spoke up in answer to the oni. "We can't exactly let these people suffer with such a detestable situation. And if it is not the charitable gesture that persuades you all, then we must at least think on how this will hamper our own journey. It will be harder to leave this town and considering how some of the town's activities have been disrupted, we will likely not gain any supplies either. A guild gains reputation by helping those in need as well. Most likely others, who have heard of our actions here, will hire us for coin later on. It is not only them we will be helping, but ourselves."

She smiled at the group and glanced over at Malachi, "Besides, be it either demon or necromancer, we already have an advantage on our side. The rest of us are more than adequate for the task as well, don't you agree?"

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi

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#2013-09-25 18:43:03, as written by Rann
Hyuna, well, she was about to object, saying all she wanted to do was rest, relax, and get the heck out before the monster... things attacked. But then the Bunny spoke up first, advocating helping them; and working the reputation of this new guild. She scowled immediately, and found that she no longer had the will to do anything except agree.

"I'm... in." She murmured, not daring to look at Muna. "Just because there's fighting, okay? That's the only reason!"

She then huffily told the village head to get her a new cloak if he knew what was best for him, with a dark glare. Because, well, it's usually best to accommodate the people that are going to try to help you, after all. She fished for coin from her pack, and when the guy reappeared, new cloak, black with fuschia lining, Hyuna felt a little happier. At least she could look awesome again when fighting, and could hide her spear behind something when sheathed. And maybe, if she looked cool enough, Muna would notice and-

Blushing, she looked down at her feet in frustration, trying to keep the stupid thoughts out of her head. Where did that one even come from, anyways? Focus. She had to focus on fighting. Stupid rabbit girl.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-25 21:14:13, as written by Nulix
Yuwen scratched his now very messy hairs as the elder told his predicament. After he was finished shook his head. "...Two hours. At two in the morning the next villager will be called," He sighed heavily, sitting down on one of the beds. "Our eyes are red, sir. We've been in fighting and wrecked in a river and traveling for most of the day... we need rest, and we need to bathe." He sighed and cracked his neck. "Plus it seems most of the village is against your theory of asking for outside help... or too afraid of angering your ancestors. If we all go at once it'll seem suspicious. No, we need someone else... someone to go alone..."

Suddenly a creaking could be heard from the door beyond. Yuwen put a finger to his lips, and at his command the room went silent. He crept forward carefully, and from below the door the faint hall light that streamed in was blocked by shadow. Someone was there. Suddenly Yuwen kicked open the door, swinging his sword at the being who skillfully dodged and jumped up to attack. Yuwen grabbed his opponent's striking fist fist and rotated, using the force of his opponents strike to fling them into the room. "It looks like we have our first volunteer!" Yuwen said as the long-coat wearing Captain Jensu flung onto the wooden floor of their room. She rose angrily. "You ruined my ship!"

"Oh, sorry we interrupted your slave trading," Yuwen replied, locking the door behind him. "But it seems it lead you to a greater purpose. Jensu will go investigate," He called out. "But we'll need some people to join our little green friend to ensure she doesn't make a run for it. I know some of you have slept already, who here has gotten the most rest? Or is willing to spend a few hours out while we all sleep?"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Kathuel Asatori

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The black haired woman began to talk. "As far as I'm concerned, you fell out of the sky. If you were trying to get me killed, you almost succeeded. You landed right on me while I was being pulled along by the river running through the outskirts of the town." When Terra heard this, she felt rather ashamed, but the woman held her arm out, the stains of blood still wet and visible beneath her clothes. "Honestly, the things I do..." she muttered to herself.

Seeing that made Terra feel even worse, and she began to say some kind of apology, but the woman made direct eye contact (thankfully, no comments about Terra's different-colored eyes) and addressed her again. "You want to thank someone, thank the orca. I'm sure he'd be happier to hear it than me. After I snagged you, he carried us both to shore and this was the next stop."

With these words said, she didn't wait for a response and turned back to the little girl. "Let's head upstairs so we can hear what Fortune has to say." The girl nodded in acknowledgement, and they began to ascend, leaving Terra behind.

"W-wait, where's the whal...um, I mean, orca?" Terra called after them, but she didn't get much of a response. The hooded girl gave an apologetic look to the chef who had been sitting with her and hurried after them. The woman didn't really give any acknowledgement, but the little girl noticed Terra and whispered something her. Hopefully it didn't mean anything bad.

As soon as the woman entered the room, which had nearly all the strange visitors Terra had seen in the bar earlier, it seemed their meeting had begun. As she wasn't technically part of the meeting, Terra simply stood outside the doorway to listen. An old man began telling a rather troubling story about how by some cruel trick of fate, the village's fortune had turned bad.

"First our crops began to wither and die. Then, anyone who attempted to leave the village was entrapped in a maze of mist, wandering for hours until they arrived back here. And lastly...they started to demand that every night that one or more specific villagers wander into their gravesite, alone, or else they'd attack. Sometimes, we never see the again....and sometimes," the old man shuddered. "Sometimes they come back....different." The old teamaster paused as he glanced around frantically as if someone heard him. "In two hours time, the next villager will be summoned to the grave site. Oh, I don't understand how this could've happened.."

"Hmm..." It was the snow oni who began to speak at this time. "More than likely,your ancestor's spirits have been corrupted. Not too uncommon for those that used to be among the living, but...still, it's unusual they would turn on your village when you were once so close. Has anything been done that would anger them?"

"No! None of would ever do something like that! Not that I'm aware of, at any rate," the old man cried out.

"That's honestly the best case scenario, since the only other real causes are a demon or a necromancer. The former...is possibly not an issue. The latter is a problem." The snow oni glanced around at the others. "Well...what do you all think?" As the other members gave their thoughts on the matter--and most of them seemed to agree that they should do something about the matter--Terra wondered just what she should do.

Suddenly, she heard a noise coming directly behind her. The next moment, a tall, brown haired man came bearing through the door. Terra almost shrieked as the door nearly crashed into her, but the man blazed past and grabbed the fist of...a goblin? As Terra wasn't very fond of goblins for reasons we will not discuss now, she instinctively jumped back...and fell rather unceremoniously into the room.

The brown haired man stalked into the room after having thrown the goblin in, not paying attention to the other intruder. "It looks like we have our first volunteer!" he declared, obviously angry over the eavesdropper.

The goblin lady rose to her feet, equally angry. "You ruined my ship!" she retaliated.

"Oh, sorry we interrupted your slave trading," the man replied sarcastically, slamming the door shut and locking it behind him. "But it seems it lead you to a greater purpose. Jensu will go investigate. But we'll need some people to join our little green friend to ensure she doesn't make a run for it. I know some of you have slept already, who here has gotten the most rest? Or is willing to spend a few hours out while we all sleep?"

Terra looked around at the tired faces, starting to make up her mind on the matter. It certainly wasn't her problem, true, but if she helped, she could potentially get enough money to get back onto the road, hopefully away from the horrors. And besides, if it was to help people...well, that was compelling enough on its own.

Terra rose to her feet and cleared her throat, directing all the attention in the room upon herself. Hoping she wouldn't stammer too much, she began to speak. "E-Excuse me for intruding...I would like to help with this...in any way I can."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Kathuel Asatori

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Yamato sat in on the meeting, vaguely understanding that they had a new member, and that she was going with the Goblin girl to investigate the strange things happening around town. Hyuna seemed eager to fight, but he knew that's the only reason she wanted to help. He leaned against the wall, drifting in and out of sleep. He couldn't remember being so tired, but it had been nearly three days without sleep and the Sake wasn't helping.

"Let's get this moving then. Let the Goblin Slaver and Terra go and do what they've been instructed to do by the ever knowledgable Yuwen Fortune." He stood to leave the room so he could venture to his own and sleep until he decided to wake up.

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Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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"I don't believe we should let them loose on their own," Lo-muna frowned. She was tired herself, having escaped sleep's clutches for a few days now, but the limit hadn't been reached yet. "I'll go along if permitted. After all, I did say we can't let this matter go without some sort of intervention. I'm fast and it will be useful for this task. If either the new girl or the goblin decide to try something, I can either retrieve them quickly or come back here for help. Assistance is also something I can lend to them. Either way, I'm useful and am more awake than most of you."

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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"I'm going," Suiken sighed, looking at the others who volunteered. Or "volunteered" in Jensu's case. "There are situations like these I've encountered before...in the past," Suiken shrugged, thinking a bit before coughing out, "Occasionally. Such occurrences are more common in Onium than in any human province, generally..."

["I-I can fight and defend myself...and it seems I'm a more...affordable loss than any of you if I can't get out of here. So please, let me help."]

Suiken shrugged, glancing over at the newcomer for a bit. "Ah...you're the one who fell off that cliff. Glad to see you didn't die from that," he greeted. "Don't be so quick to throw away your life after surviving something like that." Suiken then looked at the others. "Well...any other volunteers?"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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#2013-09-26 04:33:23, as written by Nulix
Yuwen nodded. "Okay then. Lo-muna and Suiken, you guys keep an eye on Terra and Jensu. Make sure the kid doesn't get hurt," He said with a stern nod. "Find the old man again, find out which villager is going where." Yuwen glanced at the three and then the rest of the team. "Everyone else go with them or get some rest... its late." He moved over and collapsed onto a bed.

Jensu glared at the man before turning to Lo-muna, Suiken and Terra. "Well isn't this quaint," She muttered, before stepping toward the door...

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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"You have a lot to answer for, Captain," Suiken stated, turning over to look at Jensu as they left. "And, yes, while I know that you claim to be innocent, I hope you can see why that answer isn't good enough." He then looked over to the newcomer and asked, "So, what was with that whole falling off the cliff deal?"

As they left the rooms and entered the front hall of the inn, the old man was nowhere in sight.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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#2013-09-26 05:09:33, as written by Nulix
"Yeah I hope you can see why I don't care," Jensu spat back as stepped down into the dully lit bar of the inn. "They offered me a lot of money, they said it was Imperial merchandise. It was two fellows from the Prefecture... they offered me a lot of money." She glared around. "So where is this geezer? And is there some whiskey around here we could buy?"

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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"He most probably has already left," Lo-muna guessed with a shrug. "And there will be no whiskey until the mission is complete. It is bad enough some of us require sleep. Drinking will only further dampen our efforts at rescuing this town."

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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#2013-09-26 05:21:42, as written by Nulix
"Yeah you know what else you further dampened? My ship!" Jensu spat, again, as she pushed past Lo-muna. "You know, when you crashed it in the river."

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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"Lo-Muna's right. Alcohol isn't a priority tight now..." Suiken spoke calmly. "Considering what we're here to do. How about you hold off on it until after we've solved this town's predicament? That way, you'll be more aware once we encounter danger."

Making their way out of the inn and outside, into the street, the only noises that they could hear was the occasional cricket and hoot of a bird. Other than that, it was deathly silent. Fog covered the town like a gaseous blanket, rendering it difficult to see clearly. From what they did notice, a lone figure was making it's way through the fog, which seemed to be slowly but steadily, opening up a path for him.

From the person's silhouette, they could clearly tell he was a child. Suiken approached him. "I'm sorry, but...what are you doing out here this late?" the Oni cautiously asked.

The boy turned to the oni and put on a brave face, despite the growing dread in his voice. "My mother says it's my turn next. Doing this will save the town and I'll be a hero. See?" the boy pointed at the fog, which seemed to be forming a path for him towards the grave site.

"Ah, I see..." Suiken said. "Well. You won't have to head through this path alone. We're coming with you."

"You can't," the boy frowned, sounding somewhat skeptical. "That's...that's against the rules?"

"The rules've changed," Suiken answered simply. The boy shrugged, not wanting to dawdle any longer as he headed off into the path.

Suiken nodded at the others to follow him.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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Surprisingly, Terra found she was joined by the snow oni and a woman with rabbit ears. Speaking of the snow oni, both he and the whale-wait, how long would she keep making that mistake?! The orca...scolded her, in want of a more fitting word, for calling herself expendable, and the brown haired man, whose name she had learned to be Yuwen Fortune and who seemed to be the leader, ordered for the ones accompanying Terra to make sure she didn't get hurt. It felt nice that they were taking so much trouble for her...but also a little embarrassing.

And worrying. The horrors were still somewhere out there, and if she had a run-in with them, it'd go less than smoothly. Especially because now that these people were accompanying her, the horrors would almost certainly target them.

"Find the old man again, find out which villager is going where." Yuwen glanced at the three and then the rest of the team. "Everyone else go with them or get some rest... its late." He moved over and collapsed onto a bed, almost immediately beginning to snore.

After watching him, Terra looked with guilt at the oni and rabbit woman-if she had heard correctly, their names were Suiken and Lo-Muna, respectively. "U-um..." She was about to ask if they were really alright with staying up so late, considering the state their leader was in.

But Suiken asked his question a bit faster. "So, what was with that whole falling off the cliff deal?" As he spoke, the others began to move towards the door, prompting Terra to hurry and catch up to them.

"E-eh? I didn't, um, say it loud enough back there?" Terra repeated her recollection of the first encounter she had with the horrors, hoping that they wouldn't spring up by karma right in front of them.

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#2013-09-26 05:40:48, as written by Nulix
"No. No you didn't," Jensu commented to Terra as they began to walk through the night after the child...

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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Lo-muna frowned at Jensu's sharp tone but knew the goblin had gone through quite a lot. She called after the female's retreating back, "Apologizing for the ship would be useless since we can't save it anymore. We can however save your mother. That, I can assure you."

She then turned to Terra and gave her a reassuring smile, "What our captain means is that not all of us have sensitive hearing like myself. Hyuna also mentioned seeing the horror terrors and I'm curious as to why such a young girl as yourself is involved with these creatures? Not that I've ever personally seen one but I have heard rumours on my travels. Their infrequency made me doubt their existence. Now, however, I would like to know more. If they pursue you while you're with us, I would like to be armed with knowledge to help protect you."

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#2013-09-26 05:58:26, as written by Nulix
"Spirits and ghosts... horrors in the night," Jensu whispered before sipping a wooden flask she had gotten from somewhere, as if an endless supply of alcohol seemed to follow the good captain. The fog was thick, and the dirt roads that crisscrossed across the sparse farming community were empty. Every time they approached a house or a shack the fires were out, but through the darkness they could spot cracks in doors and windows - eyes looking out, watching. "...Hey kid, what do you make of all this?" Jensu called out as they walked. "All this... strangeness."

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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"Ah, yes, my mind must've been on other things when you mentioned this before," Suiken shrugged as Terra recounted her tale again. "For such creatures to be involved with you, you must be in a heap of trouble..." the Oni sighed in an exasperated, but somewhat humorous, manner. "Not that we don't have plenty of those in our guild as well."

It was then that voices began to emerge from the mist on each side of the path being carved out for the boy. "Stoooop. Tresspassers. Gobackgobackgoback..."

"Not welcome here. Stay away. Gobackgobackgoback..." the whispering voices hissed.

The boy turned back and looked at Jensu, shrugging, "I don't know. All I know is they used to be nice, but now they're not. A lotta the townspeople, who went to the grave site used to be nice too. The ones who came back came back mean though. I hope I don't come back mean..." he sighed, looking down at the ground worriedly.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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#2013-09-26 06:09:58, as written by Nulix
"I'm not the only one who heard that, am I?" Jensu whispered, taking another drink as they approached the circular door to the grave-site, built into the side of a large, grassy hill...

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"I'm hearing a lot of things," Lo-muna frowned. "Then again those voices are making a rather loud argument. How can a child be sent to this?"

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Let us simply say that by complaining continuously about matters such as whiskey, Jensu caused Terra's opinion on goblins to drop even further.

However, they saw a boy walking down the same route their little group. When questioned, he put on his best face of courage and explained, "My mother says it's my turn next. Doing this will save the town and I'll be a hero. See?" the boy pointed at the fog, which seemed to be forming a path for him towards the grave site.

That's too cruel! Terra looked up at Suiken and Lo-Muna, hoping they thought similarly. As it was, Suiken said, "Well. You won't have to head through this path alone. We're coming with you."

"You can't," the boy frowned, sounding somewhat skeptical. "That's...that's against the rules?"

"The rules've changed," Suiken answered simply. (For some reason, Terra found this reply funny.) The boy shrugged, not wanting to dawdle any longer as he headed off into the path. Somehow it ended up with the boy at the front of the group, and Terra and Lo-Muna right behind him. Jensu followed them, and Suiken brought up the rear to keep an eye on the goblin lady.

As they walked, Lo-Muna began to speak to Terra, putting on a friendly smile. "What our captain means is that not all of us have sensitive hearing like myself. Hyuna also mentioned seeing the horror terrors and I'm curious as to why such a young girl as yourself is involved with these creatures? Not that I've ever personally seen one but I have heard rumours on my travels. Their infrequency made me doubt their existence. Now, however, I would like to know more. If they pursue you while you're with us, I would like to be armed with knowledge to help protect you."

The horrors had been seen before? Either way, Terra shrugged when Muna noted it was strange for someone like Terra to be chased by them. She didn't know what they wanted at all. "And, well, haha...if you were in my place at that time, I, uh...don't think you'd like to know that much more."

"Ah, yes, my mind must've been on other things when you mentioned this before," Suiken shrugged as Terra finished recounted her tale again. "For such creatures to be involved with you, you must be in a heap of trouble...Not that we don't have plenty of those in our guild as well."

It probably wasn't Suiken's intent to make Terra feel guilty, but, well, she did. "...sorry if it causes you all trouble," she sighed, bowing her head.

"Stoooop. Tresspassers. Gobackgobackgoback..."

"Not welcome here. Stay away. Gobackgobackgoback..."

When she heard the voices from the mist, Terra's entire body froze. She looked around frantically for the source of that voice, but there was no one. But wait, were those glowing red eyes in the mist? All of Terra's courage vaporized. She involuntarily took a step backwards, almost ready to bolt away back to the inn.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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#2013-09-26 15:39:27, as written by Rann
Not willing to group up with the damned Oni, and terrified of facing the rabbit girl, Hyuna faced a predicament. Sure, she hated Muna for messing with her head like she did. But on the other hand, well, it's not as if she wanted her to die... and the idea of bad things happening to her, of the monsters getting to her, it really really messed with her mind even more. Why did she even care so much, what happened to the rabbit girl? Why did she desperately cling to her ear during the shipwreck? Her emotions were in turmoil, but it didn't stop her from stalking the group that headed out, including the ironically slaver goblin, as well as the weird new girl that grated on Hyuna's nerves more and more. What was her deal, anyways, acting like her life didn't matter? Because, well, it really didn't matter in the long run, but it's not something you just out and admit! That's just being pathetic and spineless. If your life is worthless, you fight to give it worth, you don't just.... anyways.

There she was, body feeling sluggishly slow, and nibbling tensely on more of those sweets that she bought from Poyo, incredibly thankful that somehow, not all of them were ruined. The fog was dark and oppressing, but still she trailed behind the four, gliding through the air with every part of her except for her eyes invisible in an illusion.

Why does Muna have to get so friendly with the others? Why is she putting herself at risk? She's so stupid!

Well, it was technically a group of five, but that boy was so inconsequential to Hyuna's mind that she discounted him. Chances are he'd get himself hurt and Muna'd have to fret over him. He was so in the way- at least the the singing and dancing Oni could fight too, and the stupid nervous girl has weapons. But a civilian, a damned villager? He might even be leading them into a trap. And when those stupid wispy voices began, trying to make them go back, her sense of unease grew. At least more sugar entered her system, giving her back her springy speed and agility, feeling lighter than ever in this night- even the slight irritation of the burns felt minimal; wind caressing her body and rejuvenating her now fresh mind.

For some reason none of those monsters from before were here. And that was really weird- there were dozens upon dozens of them earlier. And then the villagers and their whole thing was all creepy and suspicious- it was a better idea to just get out of here as soon as possible. Or else a stupid bunny might end up dead in a hole, and Hyuna would feel-

She almost stumbled in the air. What the hell would she feel? Why would it matter if the rabbit girl died, what's it mean to her, anyways? And now the bunny even managed to mess up her focus on surfing the wind between the trees, just a little ahead of the four.

All of a sudden a daze of exhaustion overcame her and she hit grassy hill, just out of sight of the group with a thump. It was loud and obvious to hear, even through those damn weird voices. Normally, she'd be able to recover from something like that easily, but this time, maybe because of that annoying rabbit girl again, she felt incredibly skittish and nervous as she regained her senses and gobbled down another confection. The best idea would probably be to meet them, and apologize for the scare, but she really didn't want to risk Muna's ire, or her annoyance. But maybe even worse than that, Hyuna didn't want Muna to be afraid or on edge. So, she really only had one option, and after dispelling the almost invisibility, she stepped out into the path, in front of the grave door.

"I did that on purpose..." She mumbled in a low voice. "I wasn't here because I'm w-worried or anything, okay, so... I just felt like fighting things!"

She was subconsciously looking at the rabbit girl as she said it, and frowned at herself in her foolishness, and decided to send a vicious glare towards the weird new short unknown girl; the pathetic one, and felt just a little better about herself.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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Just as Terra's nerves were about to completely burst from fear, there was a rather loud noise of something falling upon the leaf-covered ground about 15 feet away. She almost screamed at that point and fled, but then the person who ended up coming out of the mist was...that girl who she encountered while being chased by the horrors?

"I-I did that on purpose..." The girl muttered awkwardly. "I wasn't here because I'm w-worried or anything, okay, so... I just felt like fighting things!" She seemed to be paying a lot of attention to Lo-Muna for some reason, looking incredibly embarrassed.

Terra sighed and put a hand on her heart, quite sure its beating speed had doubled. "Y-you seriously scared us, you know-" For some reason, the other girl glared viciously at her, silencing Terra at once. "...u-um, anyway, glad w-we have another person," she stammered out. "...s-so, should we keep going?"

She still wasn't sure if the horrors were actually there or not, but Terra wasn't keen on dashing ahead.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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Lo-muna laughed. She quickly covered her mouth but it was hard to stifle the giggles emanating from her. The others could give her all the strange looks they liked but it didn't detract from her sense of humor. They didn't know her that well after all.

"Sorry, sorry," she apologized as the laughter subsided. "It's just, you came out of nowhere Hyuna and scared a couple of us and I just thought that was humorous because it was like a prank of someone who couldn't go through with it! With how grave the situation is, it just seemed so out of place and I couldn't resist. My apologies, I know this is a grave situation but I needed a bit of a distraction. I was starting to get conscious of how dark it was."

She frowned for a second, looking up, before turning to Hyuna again, "Like the new girl said, it's good to have you here. We do intend to keep going if the child stays on this course. We have little choice in the matter."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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"Eh..." Suiken responded, more annoyed than anything, at the screeching voices coming from the fog at them. The stone door leading to the grave site seem to rattle slightly with movement as the boy approached before it. It slowly pulled itself open, causing puffs of green mist to emit from the ghastly tombs. Suiken frowned.

"Hmm," the snow oni groaned. "That green aura. Telltale sign of a necromancer's handywork. Great..." Suiken sighed, glancing over to the others in the group. "Listen up, I forgot to mention this earlier, but now's as good a time as any. Any spirits we encounter, corrupted or otherwise, aren't' going to be hurt by simple physical hits. They're not like demons, who have a solid form. They can only be harmed by chi. And luckily, I sense that all four of you are proficient in chi...Wait. Four?" Suiken questioned as he noticed Hyuna approaching through the fog.

"Ah, Hyuna, glad of you to join us," Suiken nodded. "Watching after your rabbit friend, I see? At any rate, it's fortuitous that you've arrived. We're dealing with a necromancy here and we might need assistance."

The boy, not wanting to waste any more time listening to strangers argue, began to walk through the gate. It was then that the voices in the fog spoke once more, "Step no further..." they called out.

"Well...that's our invitation, then," Suiken shrugged as he glanced through the gate and saw where the boy was headed. To the very top of the hill, where the largest tomb sat high above the others, crumbled and broken. Sitting on it as if it were a throne was a ghastly vision of a human being. Transparent, paler than the moon light, and with empty eyes that appeared to gaze into the souls of the guild members (plus Jensu and Terra).

Soon, enough, hundreds of similar ghastly figures all erupted from the grave site, all staring at the intruders. They said nothing, but one could tell by the looks on their faces, what they were intending to say was, 'We dare you to take one step further...'

***

Back at the inn, the guild members would hear the sliding door open abruptly as they got to their rest. A kind faced woman approached, carrying a tray. "Evening tea...?" she hissed at them like a serpent, asking them a simple in question in a needlessly aggressive tone.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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#2013-09-26 16:56:33, as written by Rann
Muna could have been terrified, she could have been angry, or even indignant. So, why, exactly, was the rabbit girl covering her mouth and shaking just a little? Was she crying? Did Hyuna make her break down in bawls? Her mind, on panic mode, as she tried to say something, or anything to calm her down. And in the corner of her mind, she noticed the weird girl, murmuring some nervous pleasantries about being glad she was there, earning another glare, this time more of desperation and nervousness than anything. Before Hyuna could do anything to make Muna stop crying, the rabbit girl spoke, a jolly look in her eyes.

"Sorry, sorry, it's just, you came out of nowhere Hyuna and scared a couple of us and I just thought that was humorous because it was like a prank of someone who couldn't go through with it!" Was that what Muna thought of her? Just a prankster? After going through all the trouble to try and make sure she was safe and all, too! She just marely managed to settle her gaze upon Muna's soft face. "With how grave the situation is, it just seemed so out of place and I couldn't resist. My apologies, I know this is a grave situation but I needed a bit of a distraction. I was starting to get conscious of how dark it was." With a little frown, she seemed to welcome Hyuna into their group as well. "Like the new girl said, it's good to have you here. We do intend to keep going if the child stays on this course. We have little choice in the matter."

She felt happy, oddly enough. And very much relieved- Muna wasn't crying at all. So she made her way in, brandishing her spear with a quick flip of the wrist, until the Oni had to ruin everything with one statement.

"Ah, Hyuna, glad of you to join us," The singing dancing Oni looked her over. "Watching after your rabbit friend, I see? At any rate, it's fortuitous that you've arrived. We're dealing with a necromancy here and we might need assistance."

Hyuna ground her teeth, but stayed silent. She knew if she spoke, it'd only make a fool out of her in front of Lo-Muna, and that was unacceptable, no matter how much she hated the bunny girl. Thus, with that strange village boy up ahead, the group of now five members got to the peak of the hill... and were met with oppressive strange creature things. Pale in the moonlight, and definitely a threat, peering at them with piercing gazes. Hyuna shuddered, but knew this was what she came for.

"M-M-Munna. Muna, I meant, get back." She clicked her tongue at the new foe, stepping ahead of the beast-man, with her spear in a defensive position, gathering wind together in her free fist in preparation, and turned to the apparent leader, the damned bard oni. If she was on her own, sure, she'd charge in and attack recklessly and probably come out victorious. But this was different. Muna was here, and she didn't want to risk her safety because of a stupid battle instinct.

"Whats the plan, Oni?" She growled. "How do we get outta this mess?"

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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When Lo-Muna ended up giggling from the other girl's sudden appearance. most of the tension in the air disappeared. Of course, that didn't help Terra's mood any when they neared the gate, especially when it swung open by itself.

"Step no further..."

The moment those voices returned, Terra felt her blood run several degrees colder. If she had been closer to any of the others, she would've been clutching their hands, but of course she wasn't. "Well...that's our invitation, then," Suiken muttered with a shrug, and began to trudge up the hill. Terra had to force herself to follow.

At the very top of the hill, there was a gigantic tomb. It was several feet wide, but most of the decorations were crumbled and broken. Sitting on it as if it were a throne was a ghastly vision of a human being. Transparent, paler than the moon light, and with empty, emotionless eyes that suddenly made the hairs on Terra's neck stand up.

Then, hundreds of similar ghastly figures all erupted from the grave site, all staring at the intruders. They said nothing, but one could tell by the looks on their faces, what they were intending to say was, 'We dare you to take one step further...'

Hyuna...was that her name? She looked very nervous as she muttered for Lo-Muna to get back. Her spear was levelled at the ghosts, but Terra could swear the tip was shaking as fiercely as her own body was. "W-what's the plan, Oni?" Hyuna growled, though it sounded more like an empty threat now. "How do we get outta this mess?"

Chi moves work against the ghosts...? Would that mean elemental chi? Terra glanced between the ghosts, finding herself unsettled with each passing second that she had to make eye contact. She then gazed at the others around her. The boy looked absolutely terrified, as did the goblin lady. Hyuna was glancing nervously between the ghosts, Suiken, and Muna. Muna herself...well, Terra couldn't see her expression. Suiken seemed to be in deep thought, and still had not answered Hyuna.

Well...you won't know the tone of a bell until you ring it.

Terra pointed at the stones on the ground, and they began to rise just in front of Suiken, Hyuna, Jensu, Muna, and the boy. She wasn't sure if these hastily-constructed ramparts would work on spectral enemies, but she had to try. "Whatever happens, please stay behind there for now. I'll..." Swallowing hard, she choked out the last words. "...go first."

Ignoring any protests, Terra took one step forward.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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As much as Lo-muna wanted to pull the new girl back, she made no move to do so. Instead, she retreated behind Hyuna as asked and slipped a hand inside her bag just in case. Suiken and Hyuna were capable fighters after all. Adding more to the bunch would simply cause confusion and in their tired states, it would not bode well for the group. The goblin probably wouldn't be much help in her state. Terra was an unknown quantity. She seemed fresh though and was already using her chi to lift stones. This piqued Lo-muna's interest. She would have to investigate the extent of the girl's power later for now, she would see a part of it first hand.

"Please, be careful," Lo-muna whispered, eyes glittering with concern.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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"No reason to head back now..." Suiken sighed, stepping forward himself. The moment they stepped past the gate was the moment things began to escalate. At first everything remained completely silent, as it had been the moment they stepped outside. The corrupted spirit's leader, the one sitting atop the tallest grave on the hill, shifted his head to the side for a bit, looking at the intruders of his domain curiously.

After a moment or two, he smiled and offered his hand forward, whispering in a somewhat benign tone as he motioned towards himself. "Come..." he smiled, as black spittle dribbled down his chin from his mouth, reminiscent of tar as it bubbled toxically and the head spirit's voice became immensely gravelly. "Join usssssss......" he hissed as his minions filled the night sky with their ghastly forms descending upon the intruders below, hands outstretched into claws, twisting unnaturally towards them as they began to attack.

"Okay, remember..." Suiken muttered to the others. "Chi is the key to defeating them. Improvise any way you can and defeat them..They're much more numerous than I expected and..." Suiken paused as he noticed the boy from earlier. He was being lifted from the ground by several spirits, who were bringing him to their leader. The head spirit's eyes grew beady eyed as his jaw extended unnaturally like a serpent's and he became more amphibious than human. Not quite like a beastman, as it was a terror to look at.

The head spirit opened his maw, showing his wide gullet, inside the roof of his mouth were several human sized cocoons of what one could only assume were the missing townspeople.

"Damn..." Suiken muttered. "Okay, here's the plan..." Suiken began as chi wrapped around his fist and a ghost flew headfirst into it, knocking itself on the ground....or through it as the case were. "You need to fight off the ghosts. Lo-Muna, I need you to use your speed and snatch that boy from the creature's jaws. The rest of you defeat as many spirits as you can. I'm going to go to the center of the graveyard," Suiken informed, pulling out his twin ice fang mallets. "And I'm going to...play my drum," he grinned, drawing out his drum. "Music soothes the soul, as they say, right?" Suiken asked, laughing a bit at his own joke.

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"Teas cools quickly here," the woman insisted, pushing Yuwen forward to the floor with her tray. "Hurry and get your tea," the woman insisted repeatedly as Yuwen and anyone else awake would notice that her eyes were milky white. "Do you want something to drink...?" She asked mockingly as a quick chopping noise was heard from the other side of the room. Within minutes several axe heads and swords were seen poking through the wall on the opposite side of the room. The shuffling a feat and angry shouts was heard. "Anything at all?" the woman, asked as green acidic bile began to drip from her mouth to the floor, scalding it. Her neck began to stretch unnaturally, attempting to wrap around Yuwen like a snake as dozens of villagers tried to break into their room at the inn at once.

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"I will do my best," Lo-muna said as she sped off towards the head spirit without hesitation. Fighting suddenly looked like a much better task as she neared those jaws but the boy was in danger. Lo-muna had little choice.

Her chi, while not of the elemental kind, was useful in certain situations. This was one of those where it augmented her natural abilities, speed. Evasion of the spirits in her path was easy. Moving at an unnatural pace she leaped into the air, twisting her body to where she spun, and fell into the spirits like a massive drill. In her arms was the boy and the two fell to the ground. The spirits' unnatural whispering filled her ears and they threatened to close in around her so she jumped.

"Gotta bounce!" she exclaimed, high in the air, as the spirits still stared at the ground in confusion. She chuckled and landed not too far away only to have the whispering flood her hearing. Lo-muna screamed and quickly leapt back, clutching the boy tightly to her chest, as she realized that taking away the head spirit's lunch probably wouldn't be that easy. Still, all she had to do was keep out of their grasp until the others set Suiken't plan into full blast. Lo-muna smiled. Running was definitely one of her strengths.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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#2013-09-27 05:37:23, as written by Rann
The weird girl was the first to step up, and Hyuna felt a little irritated. She sensed strong... earth chi, from her, and wondered if she could somehow be a threat. Most likely not, but, still, one can never be too sure, after all. She had volunteered to go first, but that'd keep Muna out of the line of fire, right? She could just sit back and let the Falcon deal with it. How convenient would it be if that could be the case.

Calm the fuck down, Hyuna. Can't protect the bunny like this.

"Please, be careful." Muna whispered from behind to the weird girl, and well, that was pretty damn frustrating. So while the poises continued, shrieking at them to join them, the singing dancing Oni started going over some sort of plan, and hopefully it'd work, and at least Muna and herself got out alive; honestly not caring so much about Suiken or the knew girl whatsoever. This whole damn setup was eerie, and the spear girl really felt her body screaming at her, telling her to sleep before it completely wears itself out. But who the hell would sleep in the middle of a battlefield?

Okay, remember... Chi is the key to defeating them. Improvise any way you can and defeat them..They're much more numerous than I expected and..." Suiken reminded them, watching grimly as the stupid boy from earlier found himself about to be eaten by a... a nightmarish monster, already obviously having had other victims before. The Oni muttered something almost inaudible, and continued while Hyuna gathered more wind in her left fist, teeth gritted. "Okay, here's the plan... You need to fight off the ghosts. Lo-Muna, I need you to use your speed and snatch that boy from the creature's jaws. The rest of you defeat as many spirits as you can. I'm going to go to the center of the graveyard, And I'm going to...play my drum," That was when the Oni took out his mallets from earlier, and Hyuna almost lost concentration of her gathered wind, wondering what the hell Suiken could be planning with them- how could they even remotely help at all? "Music soothes the soul, as they say, right?" Suiken laughed a little, still facing the monsters, who'd started their advance.

"Who cares about the boy?" Hyuna hissed angrily at the Oni, unleashing a tornado, tearing through the front lines, and giving them more breathing room. A few more monsters lunged towards her- she blocked one with her spear and pushed it back, while tearing through the others with a gust of sharp winds. She then hastily condensed the air near the tip of her spear, and twirled it like a wheel-type weapon, dashing into another group of monsters, daring enough to try and approach, and were slaughtered for the attempt. "It's too dangerous to try and save him, just let him die, Muna!"

It was helpless, though. She knew very well that the bunny wouldn't just leave someone to die, no matter how worthless they were. Parrying another strike, and counterattacking with a calculated riposte, Hyuna was clearing a definite path for the bunny to safely run past, if she chose to save the boy- or at least try to. And sure enough, she did, jumping as high up as possible, taking advantage of the clear path. Still, the monsters were getting too close for comfort.

Would an illusion work? Do I have enough energy to maintain one?

Mentally imagining bright glowing wings, Hyuna fractured the air around her, bending light to give her the appearance of having angelic wings, flowing beautifully from her shoulder blades, whipping around as she spun in the air, and dove at more of the strange monsters, hoping it would draw all their attention so Muna could get as clear a shot as possible.

"Get behind me, you stupid bunny!" Hyuna told her fiercely. She rushed ahead, cleaving through two more with a single slice, and with a little surge of energy, granted Muna an invisibility illusion, shielding her from view. Her vision swam for a split second, allowing for one of the monsters to claw at her waist, tearing a bit at the flesh and spewing blood, before she could viciously kick it away, and pierce it with her extended spear's blade.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi

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Lo-muna held the boy in her arms as she watched Hyuna defend her. Fighting wasn't one of her strong suits so she there were no protests from her until she saw the blood on the ground. The girl had hesitated and one of the spirits had taken the opportunity. As much as Lo-muna wanted to scold her for the carelessness, for taking on the task of defending three instead of focusing on one who was already tired, she dug into that bag instead. Spirits were tricky however and Lo-muna pulled her hand out, a single black pellet in her hand. These weren't physical beings. They had no bodies but something else did. Suiken had obviously thought of that but there were still spirits to handle. Lo-muna only had augmentation.

"You pick them off as I run!" Lo-muna yelled, giving Hyuna her only warning as the rabbit girl leapt past the spirits, a trail of smoke spewing from the pellet in her hand. The boy was still in her arms and the spirits began to leave Hyuna alone and chase after the lost prize, alerted by the smoke.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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#2013-09-27 06:24:42, as written by Nulix
"Yeah, four hours of sleep is a great way to start the new day," Yuwen muttered, kicking open the door and joining the others in the dark hall. He glanced down at the bodies and then up to his comrades. "How'd all these chumps end up undead?" He questioned. Suddenly a rock flung through a window, narrowly missing Ann's face and imbedding itself into the wall. Yuwen looked at the projectile before running forward and taking cover beside the window. "Guys... this is bad," He whispered, glancing out. Stretching out in the fog were at least a hundred villagers - a good chunk of the town. Yuwen swallowed. "Guys..." He whispered, turning back to his friends. "I don't know what happened here but if we just go all out we could be massacring an entire village here," He swallowed. "Maybe there's a way to turn them back. Let's try to keep destruction low."

Suddenly, as if to contradict his words, a massive explosion rose in the distant fog. "I don't know what that is..." Yuwen whispered, squinting at the sight. "But I don't think I like it."

Far away, at the edge of the village gravesite a blast of fire came down, burning the grass to a crisp. "Great Guild!" A voice screamed. Suiken, Lo-muna, Hyuna and Terra looked up as the hooded man descended through the burning and smashed down into the ashy grounds. "You're not safe here," He said, stating the incredibly obvious.

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Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi

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"I'm sorry, but I do believe we were already aware of that," Lo-muna replied sarcastically as she glared at the hooded figure. The spirits had momentarily retreated, interested in this new figure. She had time to breathe, time to talk. "Fortune isn't here! So either you can help us out or leave and let us attend to this dangerous business! Be fast about it too!"

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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More spirits were drawn to Hyuna's illusion and began gunning for her, claws outstretched and reaching for her waste. Others made a grab for Lo-Muna as she drew ever closer to the head spirit. Suiken sat upon the ground setting up his drum. His chi ability to become a sturdy force proved useful as he simply swatted away spirits headed for him. Suiken sat on the grounds and sighed heavily, "Been a while since I had to do this...Let's hope I can remember the proper steps..." he muttered to himself.

Once Lo-Muna had made her ploy and grabbed the boy, the head spirit began to grow angry. His massive amphibious eyes swiveled towards Lo-Muna, unperturbed by the smoke as he crawled across the grave site in an awkward manner across all fours.

"Do not deny me claim..." the head spirit shouted, his eyes beginning to bulge out of his head. "I hunger..."

Then a familiar voice had called out to them. The hooded man from before. What could he want? Possibly to help them. Suiken didn't know, but for now..."If you are on our side then aid us!" Suiken called out. "Your fire chi will harm these spirits long enough for me to finish..." Suiken grumbled.

***

It wasn't long before the Guild found the outside of the inn surrounded by 'villagers'. Not quite like villagers anymore, as their necks too stretched out to inhuman proportions and fangs erupted from their gums. Others simply were content to brandish weapons and attempted to mow down their unwelcome guests by sheer numbers.

A strange noise was heard from the villagers on Ann, Millie, and Yamato's side as if they began to shuffle to one side...

[It didn't take long to clear them, and when she did, she made an effort to budge the door but realized something from the inside was keeping it from opening, and it wasn't a lock. She rapped her knuckles against the door.

"They're gone," she called, Millie slightly trembling by her side. "If it's not too much of a bother, I'd appreciate it if you came out and lent a hand before I overexert myself and die of blood loss."

It was then he saw Ann and the little girl Millie. Together they finished off the remaining enemies. "Undead scum." He muttered once they'd finished. Ann then made her way to Yuwen's door and tried to open it. It didn't budge. "If it's not too much of a bother, I'd appreciate it if you came out and lent a hand before I overexert myself and die of blood loss."

"Well, I certainly won't be bored while traveling with this guild. Seems we have a certain affinity with what some would call bad luck." He smiled, the stench of blood filling the air. ]

"Bad luck? I'd say..." an unfamiliar voice answered Yamato as the ashen-winged tengu suddenly felt a heavy kick to the chest. Looking up, Yamato, Millie, Ann, and now Yuwen would see two tall figures sporting dark green silk shirts and pants and black conical hats covering their faces in shadow. They were figures seen earlier in the inn, asleep, having left almost exactly before this chaos started.

The muscular one stepped further into the room, leaning back as he walked, his hands in his pocket. The more lean one, the one who had kicked Yamato, walked hunched over, his arms swinging from side to side lazily. The guild could tell by their movements and speech, that they weren't a part of the townspeople. Both of them had characters embedded on the front of their shirts, representing their names. For the muscular one, 'Hei Zhao.' And for the lanky one, 'Bai Zhao.'

The muscular one, Hei Zhao turned towards his peer and sneered exasperatedly, "Little brother, remind me of what you said the moment these jackasses entered this village...?"

Bai Zhao shrugged and sniffed, "I said they probably wouldn't be a problem. Just some quirky travelers, that's all! I didn't know they would mettle!"

"Yeah, well they did and now we have to clean up the mess they've made, before they clean up ours..." Hei Zhao muttered, raising his hand in the air as a green aura, an aura of necromancy filled the air. Hei Zhao snapped his fingers, gaining the attention of the insane 'villagers'. His next words were delivered lazily and simply, but there was a hidden layer of content with each word, "Rip 'em apart."

The townspeople rushed at the Guild members as the two brothers turned around, walking the other way. "Ah, do you smell allll of that chi little brother?" Hei Zhao laughed sinisterly. "It's enough to make ya feel aliiiiiiiiiive again!" he chuckled, raising his arms into the air, causing more green aura to fill the night sky. The corrupted spirits in the grave yard and the mad 'villagers' seemed to become more blood thirsty and aggressive than before.

"And, and in the case of travelers, it's enough to make them NOT alive? Eh? Catch my drift?" Bai Zhao elbowed his brother.

"Yeah, I get it..." Hei Zhao muttered, considerably less pumped up than before.

" 'Cause we're gonna kill 'em, see...?" Bai Zhao informed villainously.

"How about I kill you?" Hei Zhao groaned in beleaguered frustration as the two made their way, slowly, towards the grave site.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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After a moment or two, the spirit perched on the tombstone as though it were his throne smiled and offered his hand forward, whispering in a somewhat benign tone as he motioned towards himself. "Come..." he smiled, as black spittle dribbled down his chin from his mouth, reminiscent of tar as it bubbled toxically and the head spirit's voice became immensely gravelly. "Join usssssss......" he hissed as his minions filled the night sky with their ghastly forms descending upon the intruders below, hands outstretched into claws, twisting unnaturally towards them as they began to attack.

As he spoke, and the boy was lifted into the air, Terra's mind finally completely blanked out with fear, and her first instinct was to run. But then numerous ghosts blocked her way, and nearly reached her in her panic.

Key word is nearly. Terra's muscles finally responded, and her arms flew out to the sides as stones burst from the ground, ramming the ghosts away. It seemed she could hurt them this way after all. As the ghosts continued to attempt to attack her, Terra catapulted herself into the air. As she flew, she pointed her hand at the ground, causing the rocks that had been under her feet earlier to explode in all directions.

Lo-Muna managed to rescue the boy, and Hyuna was attracting the attention of a number of ghosts. However, speaking of Muna, the ghosts were starting to turn in her direction en masse. Suddenly dreading what might happen to the rabbit lady, Terra reached to her belt with both hands. Her right hand now held a short sword of what appeared to be green crystal, while her left hand held an almost identical one that was created from blue crystal.

The ground blasted Terra forwards at the ghosts, who didn't seem to have noticed her at all. Both of her blades began to glimmer as Terra sent her chi directly into them, and she slashed at the ghosts' midsection. A frenzy of wild slashes followed, tearing through them easily. Of course, it seemed a little too easy at the moment...

From the edge of the village gravesite a blast of fire came down, burning the grass to a crisp. "Great Guild!" terra looked up as a hooded man descended through the burning and smashed down into the ashy grounds. "You're not safe here," He said, stating the incredibly obvious.

Somehow he knew the others? And what guild? Terra hesitated as she tried to listen to what the man was saying-but that was a costly move, because the ghosts viciously bore down on her at that point. One single rush attack from all of them sent Terra flying the entire length of the large tomb with a scream. Now blood was trickling from her midsection and left arm, and both her swords had clattered uselessly far away...

Terra's hand jabbed towards the sky, pulling stones just in front of her to create another barrier. But that wouldn't hold them for long. So, to end it there, she raised a bright red gem above her head...

Hyuna flew just above the ghosts' heads, still being attacked. Terra, realizing she would have hit Hyuna instead, quickly halted her attack, but this let the ghosts rip through a significant portion of the barrier. "Hyuna!" She shouted, pointing frantically at one of the barriers she had created earlier. "Get behind there! Quickly!"

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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#2013-09-27 10:54:19, as written by Rann
That stupid bunny, attracting the ghosts with the smoke pellet then running... what was she thinking? Hyuna could handle herself just fine, she was okay, it was just a graze... a deep, bloody, painful graze. The blood was almost spurting out, and the girl faintly wondered if anything important had been clawed out, and shrugged, hoping that wasn't the case. First thing's first though- take care of the spirits now hounding Lo-Muna. Clutching her side, she managed to get to an upright position again, and dashed forwards, using the wind to boost her speed and she caught up to the ghosts in no time, slashing through several of them and even violently exploding one of them with a quick eruption of air inside it's chest. Right then, the firey figure from before appeared; the one who got them in this mess in the first place. Muna cried out at him that Fortune wasn't here, and Hyuna grit her teeth.

"If you..." She winced as the pain suddenly intensified in her waist, but regained her breath to continue talking, "if you want our trust, you'd better at least help a little." Hyuna murmured to the hooded figure, having absolutely no intentions to trust the figure whatsoever, even if it saved her life. It was a matter of pride, after all. And then the weird girl got smashed and sent flying across the tomb, and Hyuna almost chuckled- it was pretty comedic, seeing a girl go flying that far, as long as it was a girl she didn't particularly care about in the least. Hyuna dispelled her illusion then, wondering if that girl could be a good diversion as she continued chasing down the monsters after Muna. Suddenly thinking of an idea, she smirked; hands gathering at the air surrounding the whole tomb, and with a dragging motion, a gust of wind sent most of the ghosts back to the tomb; now unable to chase Muna without first taking care of the spear girl. And of course, the singing dancing Oni just sat on the ground, occasionally batting away ghosts that got too close. After conjuring a mini-tornado to blast apart more of the monsters, a persistent headache growing in the back of her head that wouldn't just go away, she leapt, twisted in the air as she got rid of a few more ghosts that tried to jump to reach her, and landed right beside Suiken with flair.

"Whatever you're doin, Oni, hurry it up." She muttered angrily, then heard a shrill yell from somewhere. It was that weird girl- how did she even know her name, Hyuna wondered, and figured that the girl probably wanted to glory to herself. Hyuna knew very well how strong wide spread chi usage could be, herself doing that from time to time, and the girl likely wanted to clear them out, but first wanted a clear shot.

"So you can have all the-" Another painful twinge, and more blood spluttered out from the rather deep wound. Hyuna shook it off stubbornly, grinding her teeth to block it out, and gripping her spear unnecessarily hard. "All the fun to yourself? No way, weird new girl!"

She wouldn't dare accept help from her, either.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Kathuel Asatori

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Keeflo fell asleep soon after the meeting. It wasn't that he didn't care about the townspeople and their troubles at all, but he needed sleep. Because of this he didn't wake up until a splattering of burning green liquid smattered his bare chest. This jolted him awake and he hurriedly wiped the substance off. A weird snake lady was attacking Yuwen and weapons pierced the walls.

What the hell was going on? Was he dreaming? He had to admit if this was a dream it was pretty bizarre, but why would this happen in real life? Yuwen punched the snake person away and led the guild members to a window. Snakey towns people lined the streets. Keeflo supposed this wasn't a dream because why not? It was totally necessary to have weird mutated people trying to eat them. It only happened like never, so all the more reason for it to be happening now.

"I don't know what happened here but if we just go all out we could be massacring an entire village here," Yuwen said. "Maybe there's a way to turn them back. Let's try to keep destruction low."

"I don't know about you, sir, but I do want to get out of this alive. I suggest we come up with a plan quickly. I don't want to kill either, but I also want an intact hide," Keeflo said.

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Kethuel shrugged when the strangers came to a conclusion to send some people to the graveyard. Nothing too interesting based on what he had heard. Curiosity somewhat sated, he went to sleep.

A while later he was awakened by a knock on the door. "Have some tea," a serving girl said, coming into the room without bothering to wait for his answer. Whoa. She didn't even ask if he wanted some or even if she could invade his privacy. Sure, the room was technically that of inn, but still, he had done a service for them and had been promised a room in return. Usually, unless specifically said otherwise (and it hadn't been said otherwise), rooms were private.

"No thanks, I'm fine sleeping," he said. He decided he should take off his clothes and armor once the girl left; it was uncomfortable sleeping with it on.

But the girl didn't leave. Instead she carried the tea closer. "I do insssist. It is excellent," she said, placing the tea by his bedside. Kethuel reached for his katanas which were balanced on a bedside table. This girl was creeping him out. He felt a tingling sensation fizz throughout his body.

The girl grinned, showing teeth that were unnaturally long and pointed. Now that Kethuel took a closer look, he saw that she had an unnaturally long neck and torso as well that were getting alarmingly longer. The thing advanced on him and another shudder wracked his body. He could feel an unconscious period coming.

He leapt out of bed, grabbed his pack, and tried to maneuver around the creature that threatened to wrap around him. The oddity reached out and grabbed his arm with a frighteningly strong grip. A wave of disorientation crashed through Kethuel and he succumbed to the unconsciousness it heralded.

As the altered girl drew in her prey she found a disturbing thing happening to it. The man's body melted and flowed, changing colors and shape. In seconds she held not a man but a creature with a human-like face, deer's body, and predatory claws. The creature growled and raked the girl with its claws, causing her to loosen her grip.

It wriggled free of her quasi-coils and jumped through the window, landing lightly on its feet. It saw people similar to the girl rushing all over. With a shake of its horned head it ran off in the direction of the woods, trying to orient itself. It was at a different place than it had been the last time it manifested and didn't know where to go.

As it ran it passed some people being attacked by some sort of monster. A memory entered its mind unbidden. In this memory it had a different shape, the shape of some of the two legged creatures that dominated the world. It was fighting with some sort of elongated claw in a forepaw against creatures that had the same amount of legs but were taller and had horns. Why was it fighting these creatures? It had companions that it was protecting.

Like in whatever time this foreign memory represented, the creature felt an urge to protect. Dashing between some monsters and twoleg females, it lashed out with its claws. "We will not let you take what is not yours," the creature said, its voice a raspy growl.

The ghostly monster didn't seem to be as much hurt as annoyed. It opened its maw and took a bite at the creature. The creature, however, had already jumped out of the way. It continued to harass and harry the ghosts, putting a higher priority on dodging attacks than getting a successful hit.

The creature's nimbleness couldn't allow it to avoid every attack. A ghoul lunged at it from an unexpected angle and left trails of opened flesh on the creature's back. The creature bolted, losing its odd urge to protect those it did not know. It found a path and followed it, finding some twolegs in white.

Another memory came to the creature. It was a twoleg again, this time with a wound slitting open its foreleg. Other twolegs wrapped the foreleg up in strips of cloth, quelling the bleeding. Perhaps these twolegs would do the same for it. The creature ran alongside the path and stepped out in front of them, saying with its raspy voice, "Can you mend my back?"

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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There were sounds everywhere. Footsteps, shouts, the whoosh of air as attacks were unleashed and taken or blocked. The sights weren't any different. Spirits took up most of the range of Lo-muna's vision though she glanced back at Hyuna, fighting and defending without much success. Even in the darkness she could see the bright spots of red so unlike the trampled green that surrounded it. The boy also took up much of Lo-muna's concentration. He was knocked out, probably from what he had seen, and was limp so carrying him wasn't much of a task.

Her concentration was scattered, her other senses only confirming what her eyes and ears already assessed. Then that glint of fire and Lo-muna turned, expecting to see the hooded figure, only to see Terra unleash fire. It wasn't under control. Lo-muna ran.

Hyuna was stubborn and prideful and as much as Lo-muna hated to admit it, having Yamato along wouldn't have been so bad. Maybe he could have made his apprentice listen and realize teamwork was essential in this situation. The spirits had gotten more aggressive and even Lo-muna, augmented as she was, was having a slight bit of trouble slipping out of their grasp. But then again, Yamato didn't seem so keen on working with others either. It probably would have resulted in the same situation regardless if he had come or not.

"Watch out!" Muna screamed as she tackled Hyuna, driving her out of the fireball's path. The reaction had been late however and Lo-muna gave a sharp cry as her back was singed, the cry more out of panic for the jacket than her own back. Her grip slipped and the boy tumbled out of Lo-muna's arms, spirits already drawn by the moment of weakness. She scrambled to get back up, ignoring all else, and dived for the boy as the spirits lunged. The rabbit's small frame was swallowed by the crowding spirits eager to present the head spirit his dinner...

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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A great hum was heard throughout the graveyard as the screeching spirits stopped in their chase of Lo-Muna and their assaults on Hyuna, Terra, and the recently arrived hooded villain. They all began to latch onto their ears as if shrieking in pain, the green aura of necromancy slipping away from them as the head spirit turned to face the direction which this disruption was stemming from.

It was Suiken, who was expertly playing a rhythm across his drum. Each hit seemed to wear away the corruption, as the green necromancy aura slipped from most of the spirits in the graveyard only. The oni said nothing as he played aside from the mutter of, "Spirit Cleansing Rhythm," as his song came to a close.

"Took me a while to remember that one..." Suiken grinned tiredly. He then looked up and saw the head spirit still looming over everyone, now around the size of a house and resembling a fat razormouthed fish on legs. "The drum I used was too mundane for this to work completely on one of his power! Everyone, attack the creature give it all you've got!" The oni shouted.

The head spirit chuckled darkly, "My, my, what to think of this day..." he rumbled. "First, I receive intruders that ruin the sanctity of my village...Then, a strange beast attacks me...and finally an Oni that reeks of the stench of a Demon Hunter is tearing me away from my minions?" the head spirit roared. "Nights such as this can make one angry...hungry...." he spoke, inhaling deeply as he slowly absorbed his de-necromanced comrades, growing larger with each one that he absorbed.

"Everyone stick to the plan!" Suiken sighed. "I'm going to work on an other song..."

***

Halfway to the grave site...the two apparent necromancer brothers stopped. Bai Zhao was the first to speak, "Our power...gone! From the graveyard! Not all of it, but still, a great chunk of it! Who are these people?!"

"Brother, be careful with throwing around words like 'our' power..." Hei Zhao warned. "But, yes. I sense it. Should they manage to make it through this night, they will prove to be a nuisance to the master..." he muttered thoughtfully.

"Well, that doesn't sound half-bad..." Bai Zhao shrugged, causing an angered reaction from his older brother, who suddenly grabbed his sibling's head and slammed it into the wall of a nearby house, twice. "Be. Silent!" the older brother yelled through gritted teeth, before calming down almost instantly. "You never know...when the master's listening..."

Bai Zhao looked irritated for a moment, but nodded in thanks eventually, as the two furthered their slow walk to the grave site.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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#2013-09-28 12:22:10, as written by Rann
When the weird girl unleashed the fireballs, massive and spiraling, Hyuna didn't really have time to react, as she was desperately spearing at more of the spirits, and trying to manage her blood loss at the same time. So when she spun around and saw a huge flaming ball directly in her face, she was pretty prepared to die- or at least curse the weird girl somehow. However, before anything else could happen she felt a furry someone slam into her and knock her out of the way- only to let out a scream as she herself was burnt; rage built up deep in the flighty spear girl. Why had Muna saved her, and took the hit for her? Why didn't she had just kept running with the boy? Why did Hyuna feel a little happy at Muna saving her, and angry for the same reason? She forced those thoughts to the side for the time being, focusing on the current problem with the spirits that were now overwhemlingly swarming Muna, Hyuna, and the useless piece of crap boy.

"Goddamnit, Muna!" Hyuna hissed angrily, and with a powerful gust of wind, blasted Muna, with the boy in her arms into the air, and out of danger, hoping the rabbit girl would use the momentum to get the heck out of the battle. Once out of reach, Hyuna smiled a little bit, and allowing her blush to last a few seconds before whipping back into battle mode. "...and thanks... Muna."

The weird girl would have to pay. Hyuna would make sure she did- sure, the spear girl wasn't exactly the most cooperative person in the world, but she didn't have to attack while blatantly knowing her allies were in the way. The damned weird girl had even dared to get Muna hurt- there was no way she could make up for that. Spinning her spear a bit like a helicopter's choppers, she smashed through the group surrounding her, still attracting more with her wings illusion, and arrived at the weird girl's side.

"You'll-fucking-pay-for-that." Hyuna lifted the weird girl up with her free hand, staring into her heterochromatic eyes menacingly. It would have gotten even more violent, but then a spirit just barely missed clawing at her, so she set the girl down with a severely pissed off grunt, listening to Suiken suddenly unleash a song to weaken pretty much all of the spirits, the green necromantic light dissipating. That was their chance, and Hyuna released three bursts of razor sharp winds at the crowd of spirits, lessening their numbers significantly. It have been considered a victory if the head spirit wasn't now towering over everyone.

"The drum I used was too mundane for this to work completely on one of his power! Everyone, attack the creature give it all you've got!" The oni cried out to everyone.

"My, my, what to think of this day..." he roared, chuckling with mirth. "First, I receive intruders that ruin the sanctity of my village...Then, a strange beast attacks me...and finally an Oni that reeks of the stench of a Demon Hunter is tearing me away from my minions? Nights such as this can make one angry...hungry...." Now the head spirit began... absorbing and growing larger with each of the old spirits he sucked in.

With a sigh, Suiken stated ""Everyone stick to the plan! I'm going to work on an other song..."

Hyuna nodded with frustration and assent. As much as she hated following orders, especially those of her hated enemy, Suiken, she knew that he had the best idea of what was going on. She twirled her spear directly at the spirit, focusing a lot of condensed air at the tip as well as lengthening the sharp hardened air there, glaring directly at the head spirit, giant and threatening, and ignoring the deep chest wound, she leapt into the air, and used wind to twirl her like a drill, flinging her body directly at the head spirit. Upon impact, drilling and shearing, the condensed air around her exploded, unleashing twisting bursts of air in all directions. Hoping the head spirit was dead, Hyuna landed haphazardly on one knee, panting hard and struggling to keep her balance. Blood was flowing even faster now, and she felt weary and sluggish.

"Did the best I could." She grunted, not even having enough energy to stand up anymore after her hopefully finishing move. "Hope M-Muna's... okay."

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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Everything had ended even more terribly than Terra had intended. Muna managed to get Hyuna out of the way of the fireballs, but was badly singed in the process. Hyuna flew by and picked up both of them, muttering some kind of curse that was somewhat well deserved on Terra's part. What was I thinking?! I didn't help at all...

However, Hyuna went crashing to the ground after fighting for a few more seconds and sending Muna out of the battle, hurling Terra a bit far away as she slammed into the rocks. "Did the best I could." She grunted, not even having enough energy to stand up anymore after her hopefully finishing move. "Hope M-Muna's... okay."

Terra watched Hyuna with panic and guilt. What was she supposed to do after she nearly got both her AND Muna killed?! But the ghosts had not completely been eradicated, unfortunately, including the head spirit. Some were starting to recover from Suiken's song, and Suiken himself was the only person capable of fighting anymore. Not including Terra herself, who probably would ruin everything even more.

The ghosts were coming down quickly upon Terra and Hyuna, and the latter wasn't in much of a state to fight. Realizing this, Terra's hands went out, and the earth moved over Hyuna, cocooning her in a protective layer of rock. "If I mess up this time...really sorry, Hyuna." But her Chi was nearly spent, and she was feeling even weaker. What was she supposed to do?

The crystal swords responded to Terra's gesture and flew into her hands. As unsure of herself as she was, she had made up her mind on one thing.

"Come at me, ghouls! I won't let a single one of you get to the others!" She shouted into the darkness, and surprisingly, many of the ghosts heeded her challenge and flew right over Suiken's head. Hundreds of spirits floated towards Terra, who was prepared to fight until she collapsed...

As the first few ghosts descended, Terra rolled out of the way, letting them crash into the thick earth cocoon behind her, and slashed backwards with the sword in her left hand, cutting through two ghosts. Did they just disappear as soon as she cut them, or would they regenerate? She hadn't been able to figure out the answer since coming here. The other ghosts were stunned from crashing into the cocoon, and with a number of leaps and slices, she ripped through them.

But wait, the cocoon was already starting to weaken?! Quickly, Terra pulled more earth and added it to the cocoon's walls, slamming it through some of the ghosts as it went. Another one rammed into her side as she was thinking about doing this, however, and she went flying into the air, where a number of others rushed at her. Terra's swords moved again, repelling the ones directly in front of her, but the ones behind sent her back to earth, bleeding from her right shoulder as well.

Scrambling to her feet, Terra shot upwards over the next attack and thrust her right sword's tip into the air, causing rocks to rise and assemble in midair into wickedly sharp spikes, and rained them down on the ghosts. Suiken wasn't very close, and neither was the cocoon, so she didn't have to worry about them...

Wait, where had the goblin gone? As Terra looked around for her, she didn't notice the head spirit, who seemed to be "bleeding" and constantly faltered as it flew thanks to Hyuna's last attack, was making a beeline at her from behind.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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#2013-09-28 21:22:04, as written by Nulix
"We'll survive if we can make it through the night," Yuwen replied to Keeflo as he stepped toward the window. "We have about an hour until sunrise... If we can out wait them we can out beat them." He watched as beyond the villagers began to scale the walls. "Barricade the windows and doors and then defend," Yuwen ordered, pointing to display shelves that lined the halls. "I don't want to kill them," He added with warning to the team who seemed focused on murdering what could be innocents below...

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As the weakened head-spirit swooped around for Terra a figure flung himself forward. The Hooded Villain, who had fallen back, now returned: hands forward and the air igniting before him. "Stand back!" He called to Terra as the spirit dived. Suddenly the space before his hands combusted and a cone of flame emerged, shaped by his palms and flying out toward the spirit. The fire washed over the being and when the flames landed onto the ground the creature was gone. The hooded villain exhaled heavily and nearly collapsed backward. Smoke came from his hands, the palms of which were heavily blackened from years of fire control. The cloaked scoundrel turned to the Great Guild members, taking advantage of the small calm they had before the head-spirit may reappear. "You misunderstand. The danger I speak of is not this peasantry," He explained slowly. "I speak of the Seven Sons, Great Guild... and others, all because you managed to get in the middle of the greater scheme..." He stood. "The attack on Poyo was no accident. The only accident was your little gang managing to get in the middle of it... I promise you, you will get no rest until you return what you took."

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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The demonic villagers had not been the only ones to flee from the rising sun. At this moment, the Umbral Horrors were running for their lives towards the closest shelter they could find. An underground refuge would be best at this time.

A number of them were carrying the goblins that had been in the debris on the shore. To the thirty or so Umbrals, only six goblins was an inadequate number to feast on, but that hardly mattered when their hour was up.

There-a cave in the middle of the mountainside. The Umbrals, with their bleeding, unconscious prizes in tow, swarmed into the cave, pushing past each other as quickly as possible. Then several more grabbed boulders lying about and piled them around the entrance. The last of the stones was about to be placed, when the sun's rays finally reached the cave's mouth.

With a shriek, the Umbral holding the last stone writhed as its body began to burn. The brigh rays passed it and fell upon more Umbrals, who screamed and howled in pain. But none of the others could help, until finally the boulder fell upon the burning body of the Umbral Horror holding it, killing the ghostly beast.

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"Stand back!"

Terra was struck with surprise when she heard the voice of the hooded flame manipulator from behind. As she turned, she saw the head spirit directly behind her, as well as the hooded man, his hands blazing. Suddenly the space before his hands combusted and a cone of flame emerged, shaped by his palms and flying out toward the spirit. The fire washed over the being and when the flames landed onto the ground the creature was gone.

Terrified by the close call she nearly had, Terra forgot to check her landing and slammed into the ground hard on her wounded shoulder. Nearby, the hooded man landed on his feet, exhaled heavily and nearly collapsed backward. Smoke came from his hands, the palms of which were heavily blackened. It looked rather painful...but why did he save Terra? As she thought, Terra remembered the cocooned Hyuna and pointed at the rocks, slowly disassembling it piece by piece.

The cloaked pyromancer rose to his feet with a grunt and turned to face Terra and the others. "You misunderstand. The danger I speak of is not this peasantry," He explained slowly. "I speak of the Seven Sons, Great Guild... and others, all because you managed to get in the middle of the greater scheme...The attack on Poyo was no accident. The only accident was your little gang managing to get in the middle of it... I promise you, you will get no rest until you return what you took."

Seven Sons? Return what we took? What is going on?! Now it was Terra who rose on shaky feet. "P-please stop and restart," she requested, ignoring the fact that she very badly needed a drink. "I-I don't understand anything you're saying...And I was n-never part of a...'Great Guild'. So please...w-what are you saying?"

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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"The spirit isn't done yet, we have to keep laying on the chi attacks if we want to..." Suiken began as he turned over and saw the two figures approach with conical hats c their facial features, the Zhao Brothers. "I sense it...the aura of a necromancer coming from those two. But somethings...off. They're emanating the aura to be sure, but it's not coming from them..."

"Let's see..." Hei Zhao muttered. "We've got a beast-woman, two human chi-users, and one of those Oni Demon Hunters from the north, it seems," Hei muttered, surveying the group that had vanquished the graveyard spirits, however temporarily. He turned his head towards the direction of billowing smoke, coming directly from the hooded figure's hands. "Ah, and one hoodlum."

"You're going to take care of these clowns, right brother?" Bai Zhao asked while Suiken narrowed his eyes as he saw the younger, lankier Zhao brother carrying what appeared to be a lantern surging with a necromancer's aura.. "Since I'm the one holding, the-,"

"Yeah, I've got it," Hei began, raising a gloved hand to silence his brother slowly approaching the three, his hands behind his back as he slowly cracked his neck. "Now let's see. Which of you to kill first...?" Hei paused. Oddly enough, he seemed to almost sniff the air, as if rooting out something. Spotting what he now deemed his target, Hei leaped an inhuman height into the air and landed perfectly in front of Hyuna. "Tag. You're it..." Hei cackled menacingly.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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#2013-09-29 05:35:34, as written by Nulix
"P-please stop and restart," The child stuttered. "I-I don't understand anything you're saying...And I was n-never part of a...'Great Guild'. So please...w-what are you saying?"

"Are you stupid?" The Hooded Villain replied, raising. "What you people took from the village will get you all killed. Its-"

"The spirit isn't done yet," Suiken said, interrupting the valuable flow of information. "We have to keep laying on the chi attacks if we want to..."

Just then the two clowns of the town approached. "Ah, excellent. The village idiots have arrived. I needed some target practice," He explained evilly.

"I sense it...the aura of a necromancer coming from those two," Suiken warned. "But somethings... off. They're emanating the aura to be sure, but it's not coming from them..."

The hooded villain took a step back at the words, moving between Lo-Muna and Suiken as the two brothers began to speak, insulting the gang and then threatening them. "Now lets see," One the men at last said, arriving to the point. "Which of you to kill first?" He jumped forward and landed before Hyuna. "Tag. You're it..."

Suddenly the other brother was smashed in the face by a massive rock the hooded villain had thrown. The cloaked figure ran forward and began to beat the shit out of Bai while his brother watched.

"Whats going on here?!" Yuwen called as he and his gang approached. The hooded villain paused his physical onslaught on the sad clown to face the approaching team, a pause he'd soon regret...

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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Yamato followed Yuwen, and the sound of battle to a grave yard. Hyuna, Lo-Muna, Terra and Suiken were dealing with the two brothers that seemed to be behind the entire ordeal. A few seconds later, Yamato eyed the hooded man from the ship earlier. "Bastards." He growled. "This just got a little more interesting."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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#2013-09-29 06:01:52, as written by Rann
After collapsing onto the ground, Hyuna really had lost all the fight in her. And that only got crushed more then the weird girl encased her in the earth- struggling and being unable to breathe. Where was Muna, and the sack of shit boy? Did they make it out? And what about the huge head spirit snake thing? Did her attack finish it off at all? Or even weaken it? She heard a loud roar though, struggling to stay awake to figure out was what happening before she ran out of air to even breathe. Was something happening? Eventually, though, the earth cuccoon wore off, and Hyuna found herself able to breathe again, though still too tired out to really move. Why was she stupid enough to get herself this badly injured?

"I speak of the Seven Sons, Great Guild... and others, all because you managed to get in the middle of the greater scheme..." It was the firey hooded person again, finally come to the rescue. He stood, almost proudly, and Hyuna unconsciously felt her teeth clench in anger, it's usual setting. She had heard of the Seven Sons ago, in passing, some of the Tengu muttering about their power and unbeatability. If the Great Guild had somehow gained the ire of the Seven Sons, well, things definitely weren't going to go well at all. "The attack on Poyo was no accident. The only accident was your little gang managing to get in the middle of it... I promise you, you will get no rest until you return what you took."

Not the first time, she wondered if it'd have been smarter to just surrender to that idiot Ro when they had the chance. But then she'd not have met Muna and felt whatever the heck it is she's feeling. And the more she thought of it, the more she figured, heck, why not just try and roll with it. It's not as if it were uncomfortable... just nerve-wracking in a strange way. She was clearly having trouble concentrating on the battle at hand, thought weaving in and out.

"P-please stop and restart," Weird girl looked confused and wondering, as if trying to separate herself from this new conflict. And while Hyuna couldn't really blame her, it also showed that this new girl was a total spineless coward, and not worth trying to get to know. Just blind anger would be sent in her direction, of course. "I-I don't understand anything you're saying...And I was n-never part of a...'Great Guild'. So please...w-what are you saying?"

Hyuna's mind drifted again as she instead thought of Yuwen. What the heck was up with him? Being this awesome fun guy one moment, leaving her to die the next, and being somewhere between hot and cold in the here and now. And why was Hyuna so intent on being the one to deal the killing blow to him? Why not just try and coexist with the man from her past? But she still felt so much resentment, and her answers still needed to be addressed. What if it was her fault, for changing so much over the years? She used to be fun, too, didn't she?

"Now let's see. Which of you to kill first...?" The necromancer man, one of a pair, paused, sniffing at the air like a dog. His eyes honed in directly on Hyuna, who was defenseless and helpless to resist or even cry out, knowing her death was coming. He made a single bound, and landed in front of her, and Hyuna bowed her head in defeat. There was no way she could fight back now. It was over. "Tag." He laughed dryly. "You're it..."

"Don't... kill the rabbit girl, okay?" Hyuna begged dejectedly, dizzily. "I... I won't resist. Please?"

She thought of Master. Dying a pitiful death like this, there's no way she could ever make him proud of her. Heck, he'd probably kill her himself at this shameless display. And well, Hyuna supposed she deserved it in the end. Nothing she could do about it. She wished that she could have known him better, at least, before the end.

In the distance she could somewhat make out others coming- Yuwen and Yamato, was it? And Razul, too? Not like it made a difference. Hyuna made a shaky gulp as she prepared for the final blow.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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"Are you stupid?" The Hooded man replied, raising an eyebrow. "What you people took from the village will get you all killed. Its-"

"Tag. You're it."

Before the hooded man could finish explaining himself, two new men in conical hats had appeared in the gravesite. For whatever reason, they had made up their mind to kill Terra and the others. One of them now stood above Hyuna, poised for a killing blow...

As though she hadn't exerted herself already, Terra's foot automatically pushed against a stone, and she catapulted herself in front of the girl with the spear on the ground. Landing in fighting stance, she, in her best menacing growl, told the man, "Don't take one step closer." What else was she supposed to do when she hurt Hyuna like that?

But then, there was a dull ache in her pale left eye. Terra's hand instinctively raised to it, wondering what was going on. And as soon as this pain appeared, she realized she was almost on the verge of collapsing...

"What's going on here?" A familiar voice rang from a hill above the gravesite. Terra looked upwards towards the voice, to see Yuwen Fortune and the rest of his group! With them here, we'll have a better chance of winning... But she, too, was at her limit. There couldn't be any mistakes this time...

Terra rushed at the man in front of her, determined to buy as much time as possible.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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Yamato, taking Terra's attack as an opportunity, ran to Hyuna's side. In a matter of seconds he had her in his arms and flew her to safety. He'd watched Ann and Millie take shelter in the woods nearby and rested Hyuna with them. "Keep her safe." He requested of Ann, doing his best to keep Hyuna and the others hidden by bending the branches around them with his chi.

He then took his place on the battlefield, "Alright, I'm growing tired of your antics. Its time to shut you all up once and for all." He rushed towards the the brother who'd been so kind as to kick him in the chest before.

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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